In a recent study conducted by the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, it was found that preschoolers who drink three or more cups of milk a day may get a small height boost, but they’re also more likely to be overweight or obese.
The study was based on nearly 9,000 children, observing them during their first four years and interviewing their parents. Researchers also followed up with 7,000 of those kids at age five. They found that 53 percent of children who consumed two or three one-cup servings daily, and four-year-olds who drank more than the recommended two servings of milk per day, were 16 percent more likely to be overweight than the kids who drank less milk.
Dr Mark DeBoer, the pediatrician who led the study, stated that the research team was most struck by the heavier BMI (body mass index) among four-year-old children drinking high volumes of milk. Dr Jonathon Maguire, a pediatrician and researcher at St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, added that milk is a very important source of calories and essential fats, but too much of it may affect the kids’ health adversely.