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.

Source: Reuters

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Simona is a journalist who has worked with several leading publications in India over the last 17 years, writing on lifestyle topics and the arts, besides interviewing celebrities. She made the switch to public relations and headed the division as PR Manager at ITC Hotels’ flagship property, the ITC Grand Chola, but has since returned to her first love, journalism. Now she writes on food, which she is sincerely passionate about and wellness, which she finds fascinating and full of surprises. When she isn’t writing, she is busy playing the role of co-founder and communications director of The Bicycle Project, a six-year-old charity initiative that empowers tribal children in rural areas, while addressing the issue of urban waste.