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Too much milk could increase child obesity

According to a recent US study, children who consume more than two cups of milk a day could be at risk of becoming overweight.

The authors of the research, which was led by Dr Mark DeBoer of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, believe that the results confirm that previous guidance provided by the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) is correct.

The AAP advised that children drink just two servings of milk each day, as any more could increase the likelihood of children becoming obese.

The study was based on almost 9,000 children who were born in 2001. The Early Childhood Longitudinal Survey monitored the consumption of milk by 8,950 kids until they reached four years of age, with the data based on interviews held with parents.

As the children reached the age of five, the researchers managed to contact 7,000 of the families to follow up the study. Just over half the children drank two or three cups of milk a day. The children who consumed more than two cups were found to be 16% more likely to become overweight. At the age of five, the milk had no significant effect on weight, but was associated with a slight gain in height.

Although milk is healthier for a child than sugary drinks, it should still be consumed in moderation. Some schools are encouraging children to make more nutritious choices, such as with healthy tuckshop food. Tyne and Wear is one of the country’s regions that has made changes in its schools.

Posted by Mark
January 14, 2015
Research

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