Children’s Body Fat Linked to Vitamin D Insufficiency in MothersPosted: May 29, 2012
“The findings from this study showed that the children who were born to mothers who had low vitamin D status in pregnancy had more body fat when they were six years old. These differences could not be explained by other factors such as mother’s weight gain in pregnancy, or how physically active the children were”.
ScienceDaily (May 23, 2012) — Children are more likely to have more body fat during childhood if their mother has low levels of Vitamin D during pregnancy, according to scientists at the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit (MRC LEU), University of Southampton.
Low vitamin D status has been linked to obesity in adults and children, but little is known about how variation in a mother’s status affects the body composition of her child.
In new research, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition on May 23 2012, scientists at the MRC LEU, University of Southampton, have compared the vitamin D status of 977 pregnant women with the body composition of their children. The findings from this study showed that the children who were born to mothers who had low vitamin D status in pregnancy had more body fat when they were six years old. These differences could not be explained by other factors such as mother’s weight gain in pregnancy, or how physically active the children were. The 977 women are part of the Southampton Women’s Survey, one of the largest women’s surveys in the UK.
Dr Siân Robinson, Principal Research Fellow, at the University, who led the study, says: "In the context of current concerns about low vitamin D status in young women, and increasing rates of childhood obesity in the UK, we need to understand more about the long-term health consequences for children who are born to mothers who have low vitamin D status.
Millie; The answer is NOT to supplement, that is not the correct form from which our body can assimilate it. You need saturated fats from grass fed, free roaming animals, plenty of butter and go out to play in the sun!! At least an hour a day with sun on your skin and NO SUNSCREEN…it is far too toxic.