Director of Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) Program at Children's Hospital Boston
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is Drinking Milk Healthy for Humans?"
"Animal milk is not necessary for human health, though it does provide several key nutrients. They include calcium, a key component in bone growth, and vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium and may also be important for optimal cardiovascular health, immune function, neurological function, and diabetes prevention. But beyond this, children who drink milk regularly tend not to consume soft drinks and other non-nutritious beverages. In fact, it looks like the biggest benefit of milk may be the way it tends to displace less healthful products from the diet."
"Focus on Fitness," Scholastic Early Childhood Today, Nov.-Dec. 2006.
Experts People with PhDs, MDs, other relevant advanced degrees, and government officials with significant involvement in human or animal health-related issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Director, Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) Program, Children's Hospital Boston
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
"Focus on Fitness," Scholastic Early Childhood Today, Nov.-Dec. 2006
Cowritten with S.A. Bowman, S.L. Gortmaker, C.B. Ebbeling, and M.A. Pereira, "Effects of Fast-Food Consumption on Energy Intake and Diet Quality Among Children in a National Household Survey," Pediatrics, 2004
"The Glycemic Index - Physiological Mechanisms Relating to Obesity, Diabetes, and Cardiovascular Disease," JAMA, 2002
Cowritten with M.A. Pereira, D.R. Jacobs, L. Van Horn, M.L. Slattery, and A.I. Kartashov, "Dairy Consumption, Obesity, and the Insulin Resistance Syndrome in Young Adults - The CARDIA Study," JAMA, 2002