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Maternal deficiency of Vitamin D may up childhood obesity risk

IANS  |  New York 

Babies born to women who suffered from D during their are more likely to develop in childhood as well as in adulthood, a study has found.

Children born to mothers with very low D levels during their first trimester are likely to have bigger waists or be about half an inch plumper on average by age six.

These kids also had two per cent more body fat, than peers whose mothers had enough D in early

"These increases may not seem like much, but we're not talking about older adults who have about 30 per cent body fat," said Vaia Lida Chatzi, at the University of in the US.

"Even a half-inch increase in waist circumference is a big deal, especially if you project this fat surplus across their lifespan," Chatzi added.

in D also known as the "sunshine vitamin" has been linked to increased risk of heart disease, cancer, and Type 1

About 95 per cent of the D produced in your body comes from sunshine, Chatzi said.

The remaining five per cent is derived from eggs, fatty fish, fish and fortified foods such as milk, cheese, yogurt and cereal.

For the study, published in the journal Pediatric Obesity, the team examined 532 mother-child pairs, whereby maternal D concentrations were measured during the first prenatal visit.

The results showed that about 66 per cent of the pregnant women had insufficient D in the first trimester -- a critical period for organ development.

Chatzi said, "Optimal D levels in could protect against childhood obesity, but more research is needed to confirm our findings. D supplements in early is an easy fix to protect future generations."

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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 13:46 IST
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