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Got Water? Most Kids, Teens Don’t Drink Enough

Most American children and teenagers aren’t drinking enough fluids, and that’s leaving them mildly dehydrated, according to a new study. In fact, one-quarter of a broad cross-section of children ages 6 to 19 apparently don’t drink any water as part of their fluid intake.

The Harvard scientists who turned up the finding were initially looking into the consumption of sugary drinks in schools and looking for ways to steer children toward water instead — a much healthier beverage.

Along the way, they noticed that “kids weren’t really drinking that much fluid,” says postdoctoral researcher Erica Kenney at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She wondered if that was posing any problems for them.