Good Hydration Linked to Lower Odds of Obesity
Here’s a good reason to drink more water: Being dehydrated can increase your odds for obesity. Researchers analyzed medical data from 9,528 adults ages 18 to 64. After adjusting for age, race and ethnicity, gender, and income level, those who were inadequately hydrated based on their urine concentrations had significantly higher average body mass indexes (a measure of weight divided by height). The odds of being obese were 59 percent higher for inadequately hydrated participants versus their well-hydrated peers. Current guidelines advise men to get 3.7 liters of water (derived from food and drinks) and women to get 2.7 liters daily.
Source: Annals of Family Medicine, July/August 2016