Thanks for that. The issue isn't that people are drinking water lol -- Just that some people are looking at it at a rather obsessive way, which doesn't seem like healthy weightloss practice. One poster even said that they drink over a gallon a day because they're always so thirsty--worrysome since immense thirst and urination can indicate diabetes. But if the poster just thinks they aren't drinking enough water, they might be less likely to get tested. I'll be sure to flag the posts I see that are recommending questionable practices.
2/9/10 9:04 A
Myth or not, I KNOW drinking plenty of water is good for ME.
Fitness Minutes: (7,171)
627 2/9/10 12:52 A
If you feel there is concern for some members in a certain thread where it would be good for an SP Expert to reply to, please use the Report Inappropriate Post button at the bottom of that thread. An expert will then see that report and be able to follow up in there.
I've noticed it's impossible to remove the "8 cups of water per day" tracker, unlike all other items on the nutrition tracker. I also know that there are a few "Water Myth" disclaimers lurking around the site, if you look hard.
I hope the staff experts are aware that hundreds of members are posting to a long-running msg board topic about water intake and are feeling -bad- about themselves if they aren't meeting (or exceeding) the arbitrary and unscientific guideline of 8 glasses per day. Several are even insisting that one needs to stretch the bladder to handle all the water, many others insisting that one should drink half one's bodyweight in ounces. For a 200 lb SP member, that'd be 100oz/12+ cups!
Please make your lack of scientific backing more obvious or feature the Ask the Experts article on liquid-via-food/drink intake vs. the 8 glass myth. SP is an excellent tool and it's disheartening to see the push of an unfounded practice. We all know that water is better than soda. We all know it fills you up. But as a service providing healthful guidance, it would be so wonderful to see SP clearly guide these folks back to healthful ideas rather than continuing their lifelong behaviors of excess and self-judgement, especially over something as silly as the Water Myth.
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.