« Make healthy hydration the new norm »

European Association for the Study of Obesity

Dr Nathalie Farpourt-Lambert speaks about the importance of hydration science for the study of obesity.

Danone Nutricia Research works in partnership with the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) to raise awareness on the importance of Healthy Hydration for the prevention of childhood obesity. In this frame, the Healthy Hydration Working Group (HHWG) was created to define concrete action of research and education on healthy hydration.

This action is organized around three key areas:

  1. Encourage research effort on healthy hydration
  2. Train professionals on healthy hydration
  3. Develop supports for Health Care professional and General public to encourage healthy hydration

Research effort:

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In 2015, the Heathy Hydration Working Group launched the EASO New Investigator United grant to perform Research in the area of healthy hydration and obesity. Maria Wakolbinger (beg.Luger) was selected to undertake a systematic review of studies from 2013 to 2015 on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) and weight gain in children and adults.

A total of 1,612 citations were identified, of which 48 were selected for full-text review. By screening titles and abstracts, 30 publications met the inclusion criteria. Of these, 17 were prospective cohort studies and 3 randomized controlled trials in children, and 9 were prospective cohort studies and one was a randomized controlled trial in adults.


In 2017, the results of this work were published in a peer review journal here https://www.karger.com/Article/Pdf/484566 . By reviewing the recent evidence it suggest that SSB consumption is positively associated with and has an impact on body weight measured in children and adults.


Moreover, by combining previously published evidence with this new research, it concludes that public health strategies should discourage the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and promote water as the healthy choice. To read Dr. Luger interviews on the article: http://easo.org/easo-review-confirms-sugar-sweetened-drinks-linked-overweight-obesity-children-adults/

Train professionals:

In 2016, Danone Nutricia Research and EASO collaborated to create the Train the Trainer Summer School held each year at Divonne-les-Bains (France). It aims to deliver high level multidisciplinary training in the prevention and management of obesity. Course content was delivered by European KOLs (Key Opinion Leaders) and education experts.


Thirty funded places were made available for this comprehensive training course, which helped increase the knowledge and competencies of experienced European HCPs and PCPs, training participants to develop and implement interventions that treat and prevent obesity at the local and regional level.
To know more about the agenda and application conditions: http://easo.org/education-portal/course/

Support to encourage healthy hydration:

In 2015, the Healthy Hydration Working Group created two infographics, explaining the importance of drinking water as a healthy choice, and providing tips to help improve consumption. These infographics have been prepared for the General Public and for Healthcare Practitioners (HCPs), and translated versions are available via selected EASO Member Associations.

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