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Children ‘drink just 25% of the water they need’ and are topping up with fizzy drinks

  • Youngsters between 11 and 18 are drinking on average 453ml of water
  • Health experts said they should be drinking in more than 1.8 litres instead
  • Younger children aged four to ten are drinking only 276ml of water a day 
  • Experts say switching one fizzy drink for water reduces the diabetes risk  

Schoolchildren are drinking a quarter of the water they need and turning to fizzy drinks instead, public health experts have warned.

Official statistics show that children and teenagers aged between 11 and 18 are drinking only two small glasses of water a day – about 453ml – out of their total fluid requirement of 1.8litres.

And younger children, aged four to ten, are drinking just 276ml out of the recommended 1.3litres, according to figures from the UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey. More