Children are rarely allowed to quench their thirst during class. This is only allowed to 16 percent of schools. Even in physical education, it does not look much better: only at every fifth school is drinking in sports a matter of course. The ignorance of parents is remarkably high: 39 percent do not know whether their children are allowed to drink in physical education. These are the results of a representative survey of parents commissioned by Forum Trinkwasser eV. The results of the survey also give cause for concern as far as the choice of drinks and the joy of movement of the six to eighteen-year-olds is concerned. According to the parents, nearly half of the children and adolescents do not practice sports or only in school sports. To be more precise, unsportsmanlike children often conspicuously prefer high-calorie lemonades and generally drink too little.
Fluid deficit impairs concentration
If children drink too little, it can have a negative effect on their ability to concentrate and attract attention. Insufficient water has been shown to limit mental and physical performance. Nutritionists therefore plead for allowing schools to drink during lessons and sports. Drinking water is recommended by the Research Institute for Child Nutrition Dortmund "as the most suitable drink". Hardly any food in Germany is so well controlled and is always available everywhere.
Drinking and sports at leisure
Only a few children in Germany are active in their free time. Only four percent of the interviewed parents say that their children play football, inline skating or cycling every day after school, for example. In contrast, 15 percent of all children spend their free time inactive or only do sports when they are teaching on the timetable (32 percent).
The unsportsmanlike children and adolescents in particular often resort to sodas or soft drinks, which are not very suitable as thirst quenchers because of their high calorie content. According to their parents, kids and teenagers who prefer sweet drinks drink significantly less than students who prefer water as a drink.
Overall, parents have a major influence on which drinks their children consume while exercising, because: 63 percent of children take to sports a beverage bottle from home.
Drinking in class and at school sports
That pupils quench their thirst during the lesson is the exception in Germany. Only about every sixth school is allowed to drink in the classroom. According to statements of the interviewed parents, 19 percent of the schools are even explicitly prohibited. The situation in school sports leaves much to be desired: after all, children are allowed to drink something in every fifth school during the sport.
Scientific studies clearly show that thirsty children can concentrate less well. Insufficient fluid intake has been shown to reduce mental and physical performance.
Healthy and powerful by water
Nutritionists and sports scientists recommend that
- Children between 6 and 9 years about one liter per day
- Children between 10 and 14 years approximately 1.2 liters
- Adolescents between the ages of 15 and 18 should drink 1.5 liters.
Parents and teachers should encourage children to drink and allow them to drink at any time, especially during lessons and sports. Available everywhere and of the highest quality is drinking water, which is also free of calories. Bottled in a water bottle, it also provides enough drinks in the school bag. If you do not always like it pure, you can pre-bubble it or occasionally mix it with a little juice or syrup to mix it with water. 1 H. Heseker, M. Weiß: Drinking and Performance in School, Paderborn 2002. Source: Forum Forum Trinkwasser e. V.