If Fast Food Sees A Problem, So Should Parents

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Sugary sodas can add pounds each month, says weight loss Dr. Myo Nwe, who supports Burger King’s decision to eliminate them from Kid’s Meals. Water, she says, is still the best options for dieters, parents.

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Just one 16 ounce sugary drink a day generally equals 2 pounds of weight gain per month. Which is roughly 25 pounds per year. Is it worth that?

With news March 9, 2015 that Burger King is removing sugary sodas as a Kid’s Meal option, Dr. Myo Nwe of the Ace Medical Weight Loss Center in South Carolina is encouraging people to rediscover the health benefits of water.

Nwe, author of the weight management guide “Fat Me Not” and co-creator of the Slimplate Weight Loss System, points to a string of scientific studies that show how water can be beneficial to migraine sufferers and those battling dementia.

“Eliminating the sugar intake from sodas is great,” she writes, “but let’s not replace it with something packed with only marginally less sugar. Water replenishes us in ways we are just beginning to understand, and it’s always been great for the waistline.”

“When a fast food giant is able to recognize the severe impact to health these drinks can represent, that means it should be very obvious to the rest of us,” she continues. “Just one 16 ounce sugary drink a day generally equals 2 pounds of weight gain per month. Which is roughly 25 pounds per year. Is it worth that?”

Dr. Nwe is an obesity medicine specialist practicing in both Carolinas. In her book “Fat Me Not”, she uses a foundation of science to reexamine many of the common myths surrounding weight loss, and focuses much of her attention on the chemistry involved in our digestive system.

“Water is more than essential to life, it’s crucial to balanced health,” Nwe says. “It’s amazing the benefits it can bring to our mind and body, but too many of us rely on sodas and energy drinks. Those choices can bring a lot of baggage, including very high levels of sugar and caffeine.”

A 2012 study Dr. Nwe references found that less than 2% dehydration can slow cognitive abilities, increase headache symptoms and alter moods. A similar study in 2004 determined that headaches caused or exacerbated by dehydration are quite common.

“We need to turn this science into action. We learn more good news about the benefits of waters, we should put that knowledge to good use. As warmer weather approaches, we should relearn water.”

Nwe’s tip from her book “Fat Me Not” is to make such changes as a family unit, with parents and children participating in the challenge to “drink your way to a healthier tomorrow.”

Attribution: The article was released on March 9, 2015. http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2015/03/09/burger-king-fast-food-restaurants-soft-drinks-beverages/24661959/

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