Full-fat dairy not linked to obesity in children

22 May 2020

Giving children full-fat milk and dairy products will not increase the risk of obesity or heart disease, a systematic review claims.

Researchers in Australia and the US reviewed 29 studies from around the world that examined the associations between weight gain and whole- and reduced-fat dairy intake by children aged between two and 18.

The results, published in Advances in Nutrition, reveal no clear links between whole-fat dairy consumption and increased weight, obesity, high cholesterol or high blood pressure.

The authors said: ‘Our review suggests that dietary recommendations to limit consumption of whole-fat dairy products in children are not supported by existing, relatively limited evidence.’

However, they added: ‘The current body of evidence on this topic has many limitations, including a lack of good-quality randomised controlled trials.’