Yesterday I went to a meeting in London on Childhood Obesity organised by the Dairy Council
London, 22nd January 2016: Swapping sugary drinks for milk or water will help to combat the growing risk of childhood obesity, experts explained today.
Childhood obesity is at the top of the public health agenda, yet children continue to consume excess calories through sugar-sweetened drinks. Experts are calling for a simple substation of sugar-sweetened drinks for
healthier beverages to help reduce body fat and body weight in children.
Research also shows that dairy plays a positive role in weight loss by increasing fat oxidation (burn), fat excretion and suppressing the appetite. Milk and dairy foods are a nutritious and integral part of the diet in the UK, packed full of nutrients such as calcium, iodine, B group vitamins, and proteins.
Following National Obesity Week, diet and lifestyle experts came together in London at a conference organised by The Dairy Council and supported by AHDB Dairy to address the development and reduction of childhood obesity - from pregnancy to playground.
The conference also looked at the impact maternal diet in pregnancy has on the risk of obesity in children.
The implications of childhood obesity for future health are significant, such as increased risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers and disability.
Dr Anne Mullen, Director of Nutrition at The Dairy Council, said: "Childhood obesity is undoubtedly a pressing concern in public health and policy, but it remains a hot topic in research with many questions still
un-answered. Childhood obesity is a topic that's rarely off the scientific, media and political agenda".
"There is unending controversy over dairy?s relationship with weight loss. There is however growing evidence that suggests dairy can, in fact, suppress the appetite and increase fat excretion, playing a key role in a healthy and balanced diet. Not only that, but milk is the most simple sugar-swap for drinks containing calories and very little other nutrition in children?s diets in the UK".
Throughout the afternoon, a number of leading experts from across Europe who are at the forefront of understanding childhood obesity presented their research on the positive impact of dairy on childhood obesity.