Allison Aubrey reports at NPR's The Salt blog that
A new study of preschool-aged children published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, a sister publication of the British Medical Journal, finds that low-fat milk was associated with higher weight.
That's right, kids drinking low-fat milk tended to be heavier.
The researchers had hypothesized just the opposite, but found that
the relationship between skim-milk drinkers and higher body weights held up across all racial/ethnic and socioeconomic groups.
Parents, if this leaves you confused, one thing to keep in mind is that — whether it's whole, 2 percent or skim — milk is probably not a major driver when it comes to childhood weight problems. Many studies have shown that sugar-sweetened beverages play a much bigger role.
Read more here on possible guesses why these findings are happening: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/03/19/174739752/whole-milk-or-skim-study-links-fattier-milk-to-slimmer-kids