UC Davis study links water quality and obesity

December 15, 2014 | General RCAP News

A new study from the Center for Poverty Research at UC Davis finds that low-quality drinking water is a potential barrier to reducing the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages in high-poverty rural immigrant communities.

Key Facts

  • Many water systems serving low-income immigrant communities in agricultural areas may have drinking water contamination levels above federal and international guidelines.
  • Research has shown that a negative perception about the safety of tap water, especially among Latino populations, is associated with higher consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs).
  • Funding improvements to rural water systems and accessibly communicating the results to all community members would improve the lives of these underserved populations.

To read the full policy brief, visit http://poverty.ucdavis.edu/policy-brief/improve-water-quality-rural-immigrant-communities.