In two recent studies in children aged 1-21 years, 9% of them or 7.6 million were found to have low levels of vitamin, D, linked to a higher risk of bone problems, heart disease and diabetes in future. It was particulary common in girls with darker skin.
Risk factors include:
- playing outside less, as more and more kids are watching TV or playing computer games
- drinking more soda and less vitamin D enriched milk.
While more studies are needed, it will make us stand up and play attention.
Encourage more outside play, and glasses of milk with meals, oily fish, eggs and cheese, also fortified breakfast cereals. To stop more kids being in this number