Whole Milk May Lower Children's Obesity Risk

TUESDAY, Jan. 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Children who drink whole milk may have a lower risk of overweight and obesity than those who drink low-fat milk, a new review suggests.

Canadian investigators analyzed 14 studies that included nearly 21,000 children who drank either whole milk (3.3% fat) or milk with less than 2% fat, The New York Times reported.

Compared with children who drank low-fat milk or skim milk, those who drank whole milk had a 39% lower risk of overweight or obesity, and obesity risk fell steadily as whole milk consumption increased, the researchers said.

The findings were published recently in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends switching children to skim or low-fat (1%) milk at age 2, The Times reported.

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