Milk Consumption Does Not Cause Weight Gain in Children

April 19, 2011

Consumption of milk and milk products does not adversely affect body weight or body weight composition in children and adolescents.

According to a report from the Dairy Research Institute (Rosemont, IL), a review of observational studies and randomized clinical trials, published in a recent issue of Current Nutrition & Food Science, concluded that consumption of milk and milk products does not adversely affect body weight or body weight composition in children and adolescents. Moreover, the majority of studies examined showed a beneficial or neutral relationship between consumption of milk and/or calcium and body weight and body composition in children and adolescents.

“These results cast important context around the positive role that dairy can play as part of a balanced, healthy diet and lifestyle. Further, it reinforces the notion that dairy should not be singled out as a contributing factor in the approximately 32% and 17% of U.S. children ages 2 to 19 classified as overweight or obese, respectively,” said the institute.