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International Journal of Obesity (2012) 36, 1485–1493; doi:10.1038/ijo.2011.269; published online 17 January 2012

Corrected online: 11 December 2012

Effect of dairy consumption on weight and body composition in adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled clinical trials

A S Abargouei1,2, M Janghorbani3, M Salehi-Marzijarani3 and A Esmaillzadeh1,2

  1. 1Food Security Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
  2. 2Department of Community Nutrition, School of Nutrition and Food Science, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
  3. 3Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran

Correspondence: Dr A Esmaillzadeh, Department of Community Nutrition, School of Nutrition and Food Science, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, PO Box 81745, Isfahan, Iran. E-mail: esmaillzadeh@hlth.mui.ac.ir

Received 23 August 2011; Revised 15 November 2011; Accepted 5 December 2011
Advance online publication 17 January 2012

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Abstract

BACKGROUND:

 

Although several observational and experimental studies have investigated the effect of dairy consumption on weight and body composition, results are inconsistent.

OBJECTIVE:

 

This systematic review and meta-analysis was conducted to summarize the published evidence from randomized controlled clinical trials (RCTs) regarding the effect of dairy consumption on weight, body fat mass, lean mass and waist circumference (WC) in adults.

DESIGN:

 

PubMed, ISI Web of Science, SCOPUS, Science Direct and EMBASE were searched from January 1960 to October 2011 for relevant English and non-English publications. Sixteen studies were selected for the systematic review and fourteen studies were included in meta-analysis.

RESULTS:

 

Our search led to 14, 12, 6 and 8 eligible RCTs that had data on weight, body fat mass, lean mass and WC, respectively. Overall, mean difference for the effect of dairy on body weight was −0.61kg (95% confidence interval (CI): −1.29, 0.07, P=0.08). Increased dairy intake resulted in 0.72kg (95% CI: −1.29, −0.14, P=0.01) greater reduction in fat mass, 0.58kg (95% CI: 0.18, 0.99, P<0.01) gain in lean mass and 2.19cm (95% CI: −3.42, −0.96, P-value <0.001) further reduction in WC than that in controls. Subgroup analysis revealed that increasing dairy intake without energy restriction in both intervention and control groups does not significantly affect weight, body fat mass, lean mass and WC; consumption of high-dairy weight loss diets led to 1.29kg (95% CI: −1.98, −0.6, P<0.001) greater weight loss, 1.11kg (95% CI: −1.75, −0.47, P=0.001) greater reduction in body fat mass, 0.72kg (95% CI: 0.12, 1.32, P=0.02) gain in body lean mass and 2.43cm (95% CI: −3.42, −1.44, P<0.001) additional reduction in WC compared with controls.

CONCLUSION:

 

Increased dairy consumption without energy restriction might not lead to a significant change in weight or body composition; whereas inclusion of dairy products in energy-restricted weight loss diets significantly affects weight, body fat mass, lean mass and WC compared with that in the usual weight loss diets.

This paper has been amended from an Original Article to a Review since Advance Online Publication

Keywords:

dairy; weight; body fat mass; body lean mass; waist circumference; clinical trials

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