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How Milk Can Prevent Childhood Obesity

2018-08-21 14:26 Tuesday

Many people attribute childhood obesity to milk and dairy products; however the latest research finds that milk and dairy products may in fact prevent, rather than assist, childhood obesity.

A French research report from the Institut Paul Bocuse reveals that there is no direct connection between childhood obesity and dairy consumption. The team conducted nearly 80 research projects from 1990-2017, including 20 studies with 200,000 subjects, looking into effect of dairy consumption on children's weight. The conclusion was straightforward: there is no evidence to suggest that dairy consumption results in childhood obesity.

Researchers believe that the results should eliminate any concerns lingering concerns parents may have.

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Combating Obesity?

A national nutrition survey involving 7,173 adults, conducted by Eulji University in South Korea from 2007-2009, concluded that higher dairy consumption is linked with lower BMIs, suggesting that dairy products have the potential to prevent obesity.

According to the survey, consuming dairy once a day can reduce the incidence of obesity by 21%; twice per day consumption has been linked to a reduction of 37%. The study concludes that daily dairy consumption is an effective strategy for reducing the prevalence of obesity. Furthermore, a Eulji University professor noted that the abundance of vitamin D and potassium in dairy, helps explain its anti-obesity property.

The Nutritional Value of Milk

Dairy products contain diverse nutrition properties including calcium, iodine, zinc, iron, copper, and Vitamin A, which are conducive to healthy bone development, cognitive growth, and improvements to skin quality. Milk has also been shown to improve sleep quality, ease body and vision fatigue, increase energy, and improve intelligence.


Breast milk is the best food during infancy, with supplementary foods introduced at six months old. Based on the Infant Dietary Standards set by the Chinese Nutrition Society Maternal Nutrition Branch, 600ml (20 oz.) of breast milk or infant formula per day can satisfy protein and calcium needs for infants.

Due to skeletal development during infancy, dairy products including infant formula are necessary because they are rich in protein and calcium. The Infant Dietary Standards suggest that the optimal dairy milk intake for infants from 1-3 years old is 400ml (13.5 oz.)

For children, nutritional diversity should be emphasized. Preschool-aged children should consume at least 250ml of milk and 800 mg of calcium daily, with older children consuming 250ml-500ml of milk and at least 800mg of calcium.

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