Chinese adults said to have inadequate water intake

16:03, March 28, 2011      

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Adults living in China's four major cities face a serious inadequate water intake, a survey by the Institute of Nutrition and Food Safety under the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2010 on more than 1,500 adults from 18 to 60 years old in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and Guangzhou, showed.

The Institute of Nutrition and Food Safety under the CDC and the Chinese Nutrition Society (CNS) jointly released the survey results on March 24.

The survey found that the average daily water intake for about one third of the surveyed adults did not reach the standard level. Ge Keyou, honorary chairman of the CNS said the daily water intake for an adult should at least be 1,200 milliliters and the water intake each time should be around 200 milliliters. The survey also found that the average daily water intake for 32 percent of the adults is below 1,200 milliliters.

The respondents from the four major cities consume an average of 966 milliliters of plain water, 437 milliliters of tea and 271 milliliters of other fluids a day.

Ordinary people should know more about water intake. More than one third of the surveyed people had no idea about the proper amount of daily water consumption for an adult. Many have insufficient knowledge on the consequences of inadequate water intake. Eighty percent of them are not aware that inadequate water intake can lead to diseases such as high blood pressure, headaches and stroke, and 14 percent are not aware that insufficient water intake is harmful to health.

Furthermore, 48 percent believe that it is healthy not to drink water until you are thirsty. However, research shows that when you feel thirsty, your body is already short on water and the functions of your body will start being affected.

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