Vitamin D deficiency linked to Childhood obesity.

A new study recently published in the Journal of Pediatrics, suggests that extra weight on a child may mean a greater for health complications than originally thought.

The study linked obesity to deficiency, one of the most important “vitamins” to overall and vital functioning, including healthy in children.

Researchers at the University of Center in Dallas investigated a large diverse population of African American, Latino and white children, ages six to 18 years old, and divided them, by height and weight measurements, into four separate groups: healthy weight, overweight, obese and severely obese.

They determined that deficiency was “highly prevalent in overweight and obese children”, with deficient levels of in 21 percent of healthy weight children, 29 percent of overweight children and 34 percent obese children and 49 percent severely obese.

Among the studied , African American and were found to have a higher rate of deficiency, at 87 percent and 52 percent respectively.

In comparison, deficiency levels were much lower in white children, at 27 percent.

Other findings were published previously in the Journal Pediatrics, which found that 70 % of all children in the U.S. have low levels. At the time, Dr. Juhi Kumar of Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center described these findings as “shocking.”

Source

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org

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