Opportunities for Intervention Strategies for Weight Management: Global Actions on Fluid Intake Patterns

M. Lafontan, T.L.S. Visscher, N. Farpour-Lambert, V. Yumuk

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Abstract

Summary: Water is an essential nutrient for all physiological functions and particularly important for thermoregulation. About 60% of our body weight is made of water. Under standard conditions (18-20 °C and moderate activity), water balance is regulated within 0.2 % of body weight over a 24-hour period. Water requirement varies between individuals and according to environmental conditions. Concerning considerations related to obesity, the health impact of fluid intake is commonly overlooked. Fluid intake advices are missing in most of food pyramids offered to the public, and water requirements and hydration challenges remain often neglected. The purpose of this paper is to emphasize and discuss the role of water consumption in the context of other important public health measures for weight management. Attention will be focused on fluid intake patterns and hydration-related questions in the context of global interventions and/or physical activity programs settled in weight management protocols.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-76
JournalObesity Facts
Volume8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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