Kids who drink whole milk are slimmer, study finds

Kids who drink whole milk are slimmer, study finds

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Researchers in Canada reviewed 28 studies involving almost 21,000 children across seven countries. They looked at the relationship between childhood obesity and cow's milk consumption, comparing kids who drank whole milk with those who drank milk with 2 percent fat or less.

The researchers found that kids who drank whole milk had a whopping 40 percent lower chance of being overweight or obese compared to those who drank reduced-fat milk. None of the studies showed that drinking nonfat or low-fat milk lowered the risk of being overweight or obese.

The findings, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, contradict current recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which says you should give kids low-fat milk starting at age 2 to help prevent obesity.

That doesn't necessarily mean the AAP's advice is wrong. It's important to understand that the latest research isn't proof that drinking whole milk makes children slimmer or that drinking low-fat milk leads to obesity. It just shows there's a connection. Other factors could explain this. For example, maybe families genetically prone to being overweight are more likely to buy low-fat milk.

That said, some past studies have also suggested that consuming whole-fat dairy may actually reduce body fat. No one knows why this might be. One hypothesis is that the greater amount of fat in these foods makes people feel fuller, so they end up eating or drinking less overall.

All of the studies reviewed were observational. Jonathon Maguire, lead author of the latest review and a pediatrician at St. Michael's Hospital of Unity Health Toronto, said he now hopes to conduct a randomized controlled trial (a better way to test cause and effect) to investigate whether drinking whole milk really can lower obesity rates in kids.

In the meantime, the AAP's recommendations remain the same: Introduce whole milk between ages 12 to 23 months, and transition to low-fat milk when kids turn 2. Here's more information on when and how to introduce cow's milk.

And on the subject of beverages, one thing experts agree on to reduce obesity risk in children is: Only give your kids water and plain milk to drink between ages 1 and 5. That means skipping flavored milks, nondairy milks, and sugar-sweetened beverages, experts recommend.

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