Operating under the presumption that milk is bad for you, potentially contributing to obesity, the Connecticut state legislature is considering banning day care centers from serving whole milk or 2% milk to children.
The American Academy of Pediatrics did produce “a 2008 recommendation that children switch to low-fat milk after the age of 2 because they don’t need the fat content.” However, others assert that whole Milk isn’t the problem some would like to make it out to be when it comes to childhood obesity.
Despite the lack of a clear consensus on the science, the bill being considered is seen as a strict one. The European Journal of Nutrition claimed that high-fat dairy was actually linked to a lower risk of obesity, not a higher one.
Yet, the bill currently under consideration on CT reads as below.
“No child day care center, group day care home or family day care home shall provide milk with a milk fat content greater than 1 percent to any child 2 years of age or older under the care of such facility unless milk with a higher milk fat content is medically required for an individual child, as documented by such child’s medical provider.”
For now, the bill’s sponsors, Democratic Reps. David Zoni, Roberta Willis and state Sen. Catherine Osten did not reply when reached out to for comment.