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Children Who Are Vitamin D-Deficient May Be At Risk For Significant Weight Gain

November 30, 2010 by  

Children Who Are Vitamin D Deficient May Be At Risk For Significant Weight GainParents whose children are overweight may want to consider adding foods that contain vitamin D to their child's diet, as new research suggests that low levels of vitamin D are associated with weight gain among kids.

Scientists from the University of Michigan noted that the accumulation of abdominal fat has been previously linked to an increased risk for developing chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes or heart disease. For the current study, the investigators examined more than 470 elementary school children for about 30 months.

At the beginning of the trial, the participants' vitamin D levels were measured. The researchers then analyzed the link between vitamin D changes and body fat throughout the study.

Eduardo Villamo, senior author of the study, said that in the findings, "the kids with the lowest vitamin D levels at the beginning tended to gain weight faster than the kids with higher levels." Subjects who had the lowest levels of this vitamin also had greater weight gain in their abdominal area.

Overall, the researchers claim that children who are vitamin D deficient may be at risk for becoming obese later in life.

Nearly 20 percent of children who are between 6 and 11 years old are either overweight or obese. Foods that are high in vitamin D, such as mushrooms, catfish or salmon may all help to prevent weight gain in children. 

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  • Teresa

    I do not agree w/this statement….I was raised on a dairy farm and I know that the shots required for us in inject into the cows has increased over the years. Have you not noticed a difference in the growth of the kids these days? When we were raised the majority of us were raised on PET milk…kids now are drinking milk so juiced up their hormons are in high gear. So, is really hard to believe anything the “doctors” tell me anymore on this subject.

  • http://com i41

    My family and I operated a 300 head Grade A dairy for 3 years. The only shots that were given to cows, were at dry up, were a shot to prevent scours in their calves. Or a pencillin shot for a injury to feet or any infections. But milk was thrown away for 3 days and absolutely no tetracyllin was every used or allowed on the premises. No growth hormones ar any other shots were given or used. Implants were never used on any steers or are being used. The biggest source of Vit D supplements for people is sunlight, too much couch games and also inactivity, I dont think this picture of these kids look like they are overweight, if parents are so damn stupid as to not feed their kids right, are these the same overeducated professional workers that oversee businesses? No wonder this country is going to hell in a hand cart, and these idoits vote for the likes of Onumnutts. If any additives are added, it is in the processing and packaging and dyes of all of our food.

  • toby

    you can see all the info on vitamin D at It is a unique site as just about every statement is linked to the original research paper

  • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Sally

    The Biggest problem facing our babies and children are VACCINATIONS. They are INEFFECTIVE and DANGEROUS.

  • Charla

    They neglect to mention that Vit D3 is the only effective Vit D, which actually acts more like a naturally occuring hormone than a vitamin.

    Know your food producers (farmers markets) as much as possible (better yet, grow some of your own), use only minimally processed foods, DO NOT VACCINATE and GET ACTIVE with the kids!


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