The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 76, Issue 11, pp 1145–1150

Investigation of the effect of high dairy diet on body mass index and body fat in overweight and obese children

  • Majid Ghayour-Mobarhan
  • Amirhossein Sahebkar
  • Rahim Vakili
  • Mohammad Safarian
  • Mohsen Nematy
  • Elham Lotfian
  • Mona Khorashadizadeh
  • Shima Tavallaie
  • Monireh Dahri
  • Gordon Ferns
Original Article



To investigate whether an increase in dairy food consumption improves the changes in BMI and adiposity in children on an energy restricted diet.


Overweight and obese children (n = 120, age: 12–18 y, BMI: 27–40 kg/m2) were randomized to receive a calorie restricted diet providing a 500 kcal/d deficit from total energy expenditure and two (n = 40), three (n = 40) or four (n = 40) servings of dairy products/day. Anthropometric measurements in addition to serum hs-CRP and lipid profile were measured at baseline and after 12 weeks.


Among the 96 children who completed the study, significant reductions in overall BMI, BMI z-score, weight, total body fat percentage and total body fat mass were observed (p < 0.001) but these reductions were not significantly affected by increasing dairy intake (p > 0.05). Overall waist/hip ratio, Serum vitamin D and lipid profile did not change significantly (p > 0.05) apart from a significant increase in HDL-cholesterol (p < 0.001) which was independent of dairy intake (p > 0.05).


Increased intake of dairy products does not lead to an augmented change in BMI, weight and body fat in overweight and obese children beyond what is achieved by calorie restriction.


Dairy BMI Obesity Body fat Calcium 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Majid Ghayour-Mobarhan
    • 1
    • 2
  • Amirhossein Sahebkar
    • 1
  • Rahim Vakili
    • 3
  • Mohammad Safarian
    • 2
  • Mohsen Nematy
    • 2
  • Elham Lotfian
    • 1
  • Mona Khorashadizadeh
    • 1
  • Shima Tavallaie
    • 1
  • Monireh Dahri
    • 1
  • Gordon Ferns
    • 4
  1. 1.Cardiovascular Research Center, Avicenna Research InstituteMashhad University of Medical Science (MUMS)MashhadIran
  2. 2.Department of Nutrition and Biochemistry, Faculty of MedicineMashhad University of Medical ScienceMashhadIran
  3. 3.Department of Cardiology, Faculty of MedicineMUMSMashhadIran
  4. 4.Centre for Clinical Science & MeasurementUniversity of SurreyGuildford, SurreyUK

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