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Vitamin D Low in Obese Kids – Latest Finding

A new finding revealed that obese adolescents have low levels of D vitamin. The discovery was published in the May issue of the ‘Journal of Adolescent Health’. It is estimated that obesity has affected 16.4 percent of kids between 10 and 17 year olds. It can raise the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes, apart from some types of cancer, as said by researchers.

The study was carried out on 68 obese adolescents, which included boys and girls. Among the obese girls, 72 percent were deemed deficient while 28 percent of them were recognized as having insufficient Vitamin D. Among the obese boys, 69 percent were deficient whereas 22 percent of them had insufficient vitamin D.

The researchers say that the association between low vitamin D status and obesity may be indirect. They further added that it may be arising due to fewer outdoor activities of obese individuals than their leaner counterparts, which, as a result, gives less exposure to the sun.

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