Reported By: Britt L
First lady Michelle Obama has come under fire after a university health expert suggests that the president’s wife has hyped up the benefits of drinking water a bit “too much”.
On Thursday, Mrs. Obama traveled to Watertown, Wisconsin – ironically, to promote Partnership for a Healthier America, a program that she endorses. The program was initially created to encourage Americans to drink more water.
However, some may think Michelle is overselling it.
“Drink just one more glass of water a day and you can make a real difference for your health, your energy, and the way you feel,” said Michelle to the crowd. “So drink it up and see for yourself.”
Although Michelle’s words sound encouraging enough to gulp down a Hinckley cooler, several health experts say Michelle is “overselling” the benefits of water.
Stanley Goldfarb, a professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania surely believes so.
“There really isn’t data to support this,” said Stanley. “I think, unfortunately, frankly, they’re not basing this on really hard science. It’s not a very scientific approach they’ve taken. To make it a major public health effort, I think I would say it’s bizarre,” concluded the professor.
In the interview with Politico, Goldfarb goes as far as to say Michelle’s claims of water being a life saver is “quixotic”.
“The idea drinking water increases energy, the word I’ve used to describe it is: quixotic,” said the professor.
“We’re designed to drink when we’re thirsty. There’s no need to have more than that.”
Despite Goldfarb’s claims, Ursula E. Bauer, director of the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion for the CDC says drinking water has a lot of positive and exceptional benefits.
“Drinking water can help people maintain a healthy weight and may be an important strategy for preventing obesity,” suggested Bauer.
“Even mild levels of dehydration may result in decreased concentration, alertness, and short-term memory among children and adults as well as diminished athletic performance.”
Since taking over the role of first lady of the United States, Mrs. Obama has been working hard to “healthy” up the country, promoting federal healthy lunch programs for schools and taking the initiative to host events specifically for healthy living. But of course, with all good work, there are going to be critics. The Obamas are surely accustomed to this by now.