Encourage Water Drinking with New Kids Bobble Water Bottle
New research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found that children today do not drink enough plain, old-fashioned water, instead choosing sugar-sweetened beverages that can lead to excess caloric intake and eventual risk of obesity. One of the most common reasons cited for decreased water consumption is disagreeable taste, so why not try a carbon-filtered water bottle that is both attractive and environmentally friendly.
In a survey of almost 4,000 boys and girls between the ages of 2 and 19, researchers from Queens College of the City University of New York and the US National Cancer Institute found that only 15 to 60% of boys and 10 to 54% of girls (depending on age) meet the minimum amount of water intake recommended by the US Institute of Medicine. Instead, children obtain much of their fluid needs from sugar-sweetened beverages such as sodas and fruit drinks.
Water drinking is linked to less high-calories consumed in children
Children who drink the most plain water are more likely to eat fewer high-calorie foods overall and are at a decreased risk for childhood obesity. In addition, meeting daily fluid needs can prevent dehydration which can lead to fatigue, muscle weakness, headaches, and impaired cognitive and mental performance.
Enter the “Bobble” – a patented carbon-filtered water bottle made especially for kids. The filter has a slight electro-positive charge, attracting chemicals and impurities that affect the taste. Although not appropriate to filter water sources contaminated with microorganisms, carbon absorption is one of the most widely sold methods for home water treatment because it can reduce the levels of certain chemicals including chlorine used in municipally treated water.
Bobble water bottles are also BPA, Phthalate, and PVC-free. Exposure to bisphenol-A, a chemical most often used to harden plastic, has been linked to a wide range of health problems including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and reproductive issues. Phthalate is linked to attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children.
The Bobble for Kids comes in a 13-ounce size with four bright filter colors for $8.95 each. They come with kid-friendly stickers so that children can personalize their own Bobble. The company also sells adult-versions as well, in three sizes and six different filter colors. Prices range from $8.95 for the 13-ounce size to $12.95 for the liter version.
Bobble water bottles are available at retailers such as Bed Bath and Beyond, Container Store, GNC, Earth Fare, Bloomingdales, Macy’s, and JC Penney.