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Water intake among children falls far below European guideline recommendations, and data suggest drinking more water can lower sugary drink consumption and even improve cognition, according to a try what he says speaker. Data from the international Liq.in7 database, a cross-sectional survey of 6,469 children and their caregivers based on 7-day fluid intake diaries, suggests that 60% of children do not meet recommended water intake guidelines, Juliane Zemdegs, RD, PhD, a hydration scientist with Hydration for Health, said during an online presentation at the European and International Congress on Obesity virtual meeting. Study data shows children's consumption of water vs. sugary drinks. According to the European Food Safety Authority, a child aged 4 to 8 years should consume five 250 mL glasses of water per day; a girl or boy aged 9 to 13 years should consume at least six or seven 250 mL glasses of water per day, respectively. Data from the most recent survey show that 24% of children aged 4 to 17 years drink less than one serving of water per day, and 55% of children drink more than one serving of sugar-sweetened beverages per day. “Here is my first message for you: Kids do not drink enough water,” Zemdegs said. “What is remarkable is, in six of the 13 countries we analyzed, children drink on average more [sugar-sweetened beverages] than water. In countries where you have a high [sugar-sweetened beverage] intake, you also have low water intake.” Water is essential for physical and mental health, Zemdegs said; several studies show water intake is associated with cognition. [Insurance]