Calcium intake declines as children grow up because of decreasing dairy consumption. Only 11% of girls and 28% of boys aged 12 to 19 years consume the recommended serving of dairy products.
How much calcium are kids getting from their diets?
Milk (250-300 mg of calcium per 8 oz.) provides about 25% of the daily requirement of calcium. Milk and other dairy products are the greatest sources of calcium for the majority of the U.S., providing about 72% of America’s dietary calcium. American children derive 65% of their dietary calcium from dairy products.