Posted February 20, 2018 12:09:13A new report from the World Health Organization has revealed that people who drink mineral water may be more likely to have heart problems and develop obesity.
The report from WHO’s Office of the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) highlights the risk that drinking mineral water can lead to obesity, which has become increasingly prevalent among people in developing countries.
Researchers say people who have trouble controlling their blood pressure and diabetes can become dangerously obese.
The WHO report found that nearly a third of adults in the world who drank mineral water were obese, compared to 13 percent of people who did not.
The researchers believe this trend is largely due to poor diet.
The study also found that women in poorer countries have lower rates of obesity, as do those in developed countries.
According to the report, people who use mineral water for drinking have a higher risk of developing obesity.
“In developing countries, people are drinking mineral waters to improve their health, reduce weight and improve their overall physical and mental health,” said Dr. Sarah O’Reilly, director of the WHO COVID Centre in Geneva.
“However, in the developed world, drinking mineral and vitamin water may lead to a higher prevalence of obesity.”
The report found the highest rates of overweight and obesity were among women in developing regions.
According the report , the majority of the countries that experienced the highest prevalence of overweight or obesity in adults in 2013 were in the Americas and Africa.
According To the WHO report, in developed nations, the obesity rates were highest among people aged between 40 and 59 years, and among those aged 60 years and older.
The majority of countries that suffered the highest levels of overweight in adults were in Europe, Asia and the Pacific.
O’Reilly told Reuters Health that the report showed that while drinking mineral or vitamin water can help manage weight, it can have a negative impact on a person’s overall health.
“We know that mineral water is one of the most important and effective ways to manage obesity, diabetes, and other metabolic disorders, and it has been shown to reduce blood pressure, reduce diabetes risk and protect against many other metabolic diseases,” O’ Reilly said.