The U.K. government wants to fight the growing problem of childhood obesity (Photo: Adobe. Do not use without permission)

The U.K. government wants to fight the growing problem of childhood obesity (Photo: Adobe. Do not use without permission)

Taking dairy milk off the menu for school children and replacing it with plant milk or other plant-based foods could help tackle the U.K’s obesity crisis, a nutritionist has said.

Around £7 million of taxpayers’ money is spent on providing all school children in the U.K. aged five and under access to free cow’s milk, as well as children aged five to 18 who receive free school meals.

Dairy consumption and obesity,

But according to Registered Associate Nutritionist Leila Dehghan-Zaklaki, ditching dairy products should be part of the government’s plans to help people become a healthier weight.

In a statement sent to Plant Based News, she said: “There is a link between dairy consumption and obesity, which studies funded by the dairy industry or links to dairy industry deny. 

“About 65 percent of fat in dairy milk is saturated fat, and the consumption of whole milk, cream and cheese in particular is problematic. Cheese can contain up to 70 percent fat – a fact that’s often overlooked.” 

Ditching Free School Milk Could Help Tackle Obesity, Says Nutritionist

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