A new study recently published in the Journal of Pediatrics, suggests that extra weight on a child may mean a greater risk for health complications than originally thought.
Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical 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 vitamin D deficiency was “highly prevalent in overweight and obese children”, with deficient levels of vitamin D in 21 percent of healthy weight children, 29 percent of overweight children and 34 percent obese children and 49 percent severely obese.
In comparison, vitamin D 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 vitamin D levels. At the time, Dr. Juhi Kumar of Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center described these findings as “shocking.”