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Childhood Obesity and Flavoured Milk – Does it Fit?

Rachel K. Johnson Rachel K. Johnson, PhD, MPH, RD

University of Vermont

This presentation explores childhood obesity trends and their impact on children’s general health and well-being.

The focus is on:

  • the amount of added sugars children are eating and the health risks associated with these high intakes;
  • how childhood overweight and obesity are associated with high intakes of added sugars, especially sugar-sweetened beverages such as soft drinks, energy and sports drinks;
  • the American Heart Association’s recommendations for added-sugars intake;
  • an explanation of how added sugars can fit into children's diets and be used to enhance the flavour of already nutritious foods such as milk, yogurt and whole-grain, high-fibre cereals; and
  • the consequences of removing or limiting the availability of flavoured milk in schools.

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