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Obesity

Obesity

Water CAN make you fat:
How chemicals in drink can trigger weight gain.

By professor Adam Carey

Can water make you fat? It sounds absurd, the kind of suggestion peddled by some New Age psycho-babble diet.

After all, can there be anything in our diet that equals the critically important role played by water in maintaining our health?

Water is the foundation of life, the major content of most organisms, the primary component of our cells and is responsible for aiding thousands of chemical processes in the body.

What is more, there is surely nothing more refreshing than a long, cool, sparklingly clear glass of water poured straight from the tap?

As a doctor of more than 20 years' standing, the answer has to be a resounding NO!

Yet when we do drink it, how many of us get the healthy water we deserve?

Thanks to the possible pollutants that are so difficult to remove from our water supply, it has been linked to a number of health complaints - and yes, it may even trigger weight gain.

Even calorie-free water can affect our body fat levels if chemicals that disturb hormonal activity leach into our supply and drive up our chances of putting on weight.

Remember that water is only as good as the route of its delivery. There's no point in any of us trying to eat healthily and exercise if we don't do something about our water. It's something we should all drink to! Start drinking distilled water today!

Adam Carey is a gynaecologist, obstetrician and Professor of Nutrition at Leeds Metropolitan University