Published: Fri, January 03, 2020
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Whole milk consumption tied to lower likelihood of childhood obesity, says study

Whole milk consumption tied to lower likelihood of childhood obesity, says study

"Other people have suspected that maybe it's a phenomenon of reverse causality where bigger children's parents choose lower-fat milk and vice versa", said Maguire. Reducing calories is naturally at the top of the list, but when it comes to milk, the tendency to opt for low-fat milk in an effort to lose weight may be much misleading than you can imagine.

"The vast majority of kids in Canada and the U.S. eat cow's milk every day and this can be a main contributor of nutritional fats for plenty of kids", stated Dr Jonathon Maguire, lead researcher of the find out about.

But not only did the data not support a switch to low-fat milk, there was also evidence to suggest that sticking to whole milk is actually useful.

Among children aged two to 11, based on seven studies, every one per cent increase in the fat content of the milk they drank meant a quarter lower odds of being obese or overweight.

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The studies reviewed were all observational studies and there is no clarity if whole milk caused the reduced likelihood of obesity or overweight. "In our review, children following the current recommendation of switching to reduced-fat milk at age two were not leaner than those consuming whole milk", Maguire added.

Dr Maguire says that the next step in the research would be to carry out a randomized controlled trial to establish the cause and effect of whole milk and lower risk of obesity.

Understanding the relation between cow-milk fat and risk of overweight or obesity is important, as "the majority of children in Canada and the United States consume cow's milk on a daily basis and it is a major contributor of dietary fat for many children", said Dr. Jonathon Maguire, lead author of the review and a pediatrician at St. Michael's Hospital. None of the studies which included an entire approximately 21,000 children between the ages of one and 18 years old portrayed that kids who consumed lessened fat milk had a lesser probability of being flabby or obese.

Obesity has been tied to various health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, hypertension, heart attack, diabetes, stroke, and some types of cancer.

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