Is Skim Milk Making Your Kid Fat?


Do you listen to your doctor’s orders? Apparently, most of us don’t. Two-thirds of parents readily admit to ignoring their pediatricians’ advice, according to a new poll. While thankfully most heed their doctors’ counsel about car seats and nutrition, they wing it when it comes to stuff like discipline, sleep and TV watching.

In other news:

Skim milk won’t make toddlers skinny: It may seem counterintuitive, but new research shows that giving preschoolers low-fat or skim milk doesn’t necessarily keep them slim, and may actually be associated with an increased risk of kids being overweight or obese. While the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends switching kids to reduced-fat milk after age 2, new research has found that that tactic might not help prevent weight gain. In the study, overweight and obese children were more likely to drink skim or low-fat milk than normal weight children. Researchers theorize that getting more milk fat might curb the appetite for other fatty foods. But milk is obviously just one part of the equation. If you’re worried about your child’s weight, encouraging exercise and eating a variety of healthful foods is still the best strategy.

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