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Drinking Skimmed Milk At Age Two Does Not Prevent Obesity In The Preschool Years

March 18, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Researchers who looked at weight gain trends among 11,000 children at age two and later at age four found no overall differences between those who drank skimmed or semi-skimmed milk and those who drank two percent or full fat milk. At both checkpoints, a third of the kids were  overweight or obese, probably due to TV watching and consuming sugary drinks. Drinking low fat milk didn’t confer any overall advantage, though the researchers said it is possible that overweight kids might have gained more weight had they not drunk it. Nevertheless, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association recommend that all children drink low fat or skimmed milk after the age of two to avoid excess weight gain.
R. J. Scharf et al., "Longitudinal evaluation of milk type consumed and weight status in preschoolers", Archives of Disease in Childhood, March 18, 2013, © BMJ Publishing Group Ltd & Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health
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