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The Pediatric Forum
December 2005

Why Blame Milk?—Reply

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2005;159(12):1186-1188. doi:10.1001/archpedi.159.12.1188

In reply

We appreciate the comments of Dr Lappe on our longitudinal study of milk consumption and weight gain in adolescents.1 To clarify a point in her letter, our earlier (2004) study of sugar-added beverages and weight gain was a longitudinal study as well.2 The cross-sectional association she cited was from baseline data and not the major focus of that article, but it illustrates the risk in overinterpreting cross-sectional results. Children who were heavier at baseline drank less milk and more diet soda; we should not conclude from this that drinking more diet soda causes weight gain, nor that drinking less milk causes weight gain.

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