Traditional advice was to give kids under 2 years of age whole milk, but switch them to reduced fat milk at 2 years of age to prevent weight gain. However, this is becoming outdated advice –even the American Academy of Pediatrics now states that “…early introduction of reduced-fat milk may ultimately increase the risk of obesity.”
Researchers recently analyzed 28 studies that examined children’s milk intake and risk of obesity. Not ONE study (which included over 21,000 children) found that drinking reduced fat milk reduced risk of obesity or being overweight. 18 of the 28 studies found that children who drank whole milk were less likely to be overweight or obese.
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