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Low-fat dairy won’t help kids lose weight

Kids end up eating more calories from other sources, study shows


Kids who drink low-fat dairy products instead of regular ones don’t seem to lose weight, although they do consume less saturated fat, a new Australian study shows. Researchers found that children who switched to reduced-fat dairy products hadn’t noticeably changed their weight or body mass index (BMI) six months afterwards, seemingly because they ended up eating more calories from other sources, Reuters reports. In the study, the team divided 145 kids aged four to 13 into two groups, and asked one group to replace dairy products with low-fat types for six months; the others got no dietary advice. Both groups consumed the same amount of dairy and the calorie intake stayed similar for the course of the study. The low-fat group consumed less fat, and had a small drop in cholesterol levels, but waistline, BMI and weight stayed the same. Even so, cutting back on saturated fat could help them avoid heart disease as they mature.


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Low-fat dairy won’t help kids lose weight

  1. That's because low-fat diets don't work…especially when the low-fat dairy kids consume is loaded with natural & added sugars.

  2. Hmm, a study sponsored by a milk marketing board examining replacing high fat milk with low fat milk? Instead, how about a study looking at replacing high fat milk with high calcium plant based foods (green leafy vegetables, tofu, kale, broccoli, almonds…)? The result would be even lower saturated fat consumption, lower cholesterol levels, and equivalent calcium levels.

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      Where are the kids going to get calories from that diet? Except the almonds. The point of the article is missed: kids follow the calories. And they aren't going to stuff themselves with almonds all day to get them.

      As for kale; I concede I'm one of the few people that find kale edible, even that dry-ish stuff in the supermarkets with the tough stalks and yellowing edges on the leaves, one day before they ship them out to the mint to make almost indestructible paper money.

      • danR,

        You wrote, “Where are the kids going to get calories from that diet?” To which diet are you referring? I merely wrote about eating green leafy vegetables, tofu, kale, broccoli, and almonds to get calcium. That is obviously just a list of a few foods containing calcium and not a diet. Do *you* only eat 5 foods? Why would you assume I do? If one wants calories, one can eat some fruit. Or maybe some other nuts. Or maybe some hummus, beans, or tofu. Maybe a bagel, rice, or whole grain bread.

        I believe it is you that has missed the point of the study (not the article). The message the milk marketing board wants you to hear is “all milk is good because the amount of fat in milk doesn’t impact total caloric intake of children” or, in short, “drink milk”.

        I’m not sure if you’ve missed the point of my original post or not, so I’ll summarize it again. Despite the milk marketing boards wanting you to buy their product, you don’t need to drink milk to obtain calcium and by doing so you can also reduce the saturated fats and cholesterol consumed.

        I can’t stand kale.

  3. this topic can be discussed till the cows come home or the sun explodes, it will never get results. all one needs to do is take responsibility for one's own stupidity and refusal to accept the facts.

    Fact #1: We are not eating properly.
    Fact #2: We are not getting enough exercise on a daily basis.
    Fact #3: We are too lazy to find a diet plan that suites us.
    Fact #4: We are too lazy to find even a simple exercise plan that works for us (individually).
    Fact #5: If we do find good diet and exercise plans, we are too lazy to follow through with them.

    The secret is moderation, discipline and self-control. There is too much emphasis on "not denying one's self anything", and other such nonsense, and looking for quick fixes rather than good old fashioned hard work. If all the energy spent looking for short cuts was diverted to more fruitful goals like eating right and simple exercises we would not need these "studies" to confuse the issue so much!