Mooch's Water Pitch Falls Flat
Amid the predictably gushing media coverage of the First Lady's visit to Watertown (Those arms! Eva!), comes this skeptical report from Politico, suggesting that Michelle O’s new water initiative might be .. .(ahem) all wet.
However, several public health experts contacted by POLITICO said they had concerns about the way the White House was framing the campaign. Those experts said the health benefits of increased water consumption are murky and there are no widely accepted criteria for how much water individuals should drink each day.
"There really isn’t data to support this," said Dr. Stanley Goldfarb of the University of Pennsylvania. "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."
Goldfarb, a kidney specialist, took particular issue with White House claims that drinking more water would boost energy.
"The idea drinking water increases energy, the word I’ve used to describe it is: quixotic," he said. "We’re designed to drink when we’re thirsty. … There’s no need to have more than that."