Is it possible that a vitamin D deficiency is linked to obesity in children?
That’s the theory presented recently in study conducted at the University of Michigan and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Vitamin D Deficiency Linked To Childhood Obesity
The study followed 497 school children in Bogota, Colombia, and here’s how Green Parenthood reports the findings:
The study mainly focussed on the accumulation of abdominal fat which is associated with several health hazards including diabetes and cardio vascular diseases…
The children with the lowest vitamin D levels gained weight faster than the children with higher levels of vitamin D. The central body fat increased significantly in children with lowest vitamin D levels. Lack of vitamin D also correlated with slower growth of height among girls, however, the same was not true in the case of boys…
The results concluded that the high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency is significantly increasing the incidence of childhood obesity. Vitamin D can be obtained by fortified foods and supplements in addition to sufficient sun exposure. The studies also showed that vitamin D supplements also helped in preventing some viral infections in school children.
The premise is that when children spend more time indoors, their natural exposure to vitamin D from sunlight is reduced. You would think that children in a subtropical zone get plenty of sun exposure, so these findings are pretty unexpected.
The Importance Of Vitamin D And A Healthy Lifestyle
However, doesn’t that only point to the fact that there is no one explanation for children being overweight? After all, we’ve known about the importance of vitamin D for a long time, ever since it’s use in preventing rickets in the 1940s.
So lack of vitamin D alone does not explain the soaring rates of childhood obesity. Rather, we should examine the poor diet and sedentary lifestyle of many of our children. And then get them outside and moving around!
What’s still true is that medical experts worldwide agree both that vitamin D is important to healthy growth, and that it is deficient in some children.
Surprising Report: There Is No Lack Of Vitamin D?
It is therefore surprising to read a recent report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) stating that few people are vitamin D deficient. This is in spite of an abundance of scientific research that indicates otherwise.
Indeed, a number of prominent doctors have advised vitamin D supplements for a wide variety of illnesses. And now we have research from the University of Michigan to add to medical authorities highlighting a lack of vitamin D, and its importance for our well-being.
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