Skim Milk Not The Answer To Childhood Obesity

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milkFrom Your Health Journal…..”A very good article from The Australian entitled Skim milk not the answer to childhood obesity, study finds. Through the years, we have mentioned how most kids under age 2 should have whole milk, then after age 2, switch over to skim or low fat milk. Now, research is suggesting that giving your toddler skimmed or semi-skimmed milk is unlikely to make inroads against the risk of obesity. In the study, they found kids who drank full-fat milk, which has a 3.5-percent fat component, or reduced-fat milk, which has two-percent fat, also tended to weigh less than counterparts who drank skimmed or semi-skimmed. This study is very interesting, but way too complex to start re-writing all the data found, so I suggest you all visit The Australian web site to read the complete article. It is well written and very informative.”

From the article…..

Giving your toddler skimmed or semi-skimmed milk is unlikely to make inroads against the risk of obesity, a large study conducted among American children has found.

Researchers trawled through data from a long-term probe into the health of 10,700 children born in 2001.

Parents or caregivers were asked about milk consumption when the infant was two and were questioned again two years later, when the child was again weighed and measured.

Overweight or obesity was widespread: 30.1 percent of the children at two years fell into this category, rising to 32.2 percent at the age of four.

But children who were overweight or obese were likelier to drink skimmed milk or semi-skimmed milk, which has one-percent butterfat, than counterparts of normal weight, the probe found.

Low-fat or fat-free milk was consumed by 14 percent of heavy two-year-olds and 16 percent of heavy four-year-olds.

This compared with nine percent of normal-weight two-year-olds and 13 percent of normal-weight four-year-olds.

Kids who drank full-fat milk, which has a 3.5-percent fat component, or reduced-fat milk, which has two-percent fat, also tended to weigh less than counterparts who drank skimmed or semi-skimmed.

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