Lack of vitamin D putting kids at risk

Filed under: Health & Safety: Babies

For some reason, Ellie has decided that milk is the most delicious beverage known to man and requests glass after glass of the stuff. Obviously, this is a good thing as we all know that vitamin D is good for her growing bones. But did you know that sunlight is also a good source of vitamin D?

A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that more than half of otherwise healthy children are sorely lacking in vitamin D. And to what to scientists attribute this deficiency? Video games, of course. All those hours sitting in darkened rooms drinking soda are putting kids at risk for developing bone disease. In addition to weak bones, severely low levels of vitamin D can lead to muscle weakness and lowered immune system function.

Children do seem to spend a lot less time outdoors these days and the repercussions just keep coming. Scientists say more research is needed to determine just how much vitamin D kids really need, but one thing seems clear: kids need to get off the couch, drink some milk, and go outside and play.

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