freephone 0800 862 0373
Sign in to view your quotes
Email address:
Password or PIN:

Forgotten your password? Reset it here.

Low levels of vitamin D during pregnancy increases risk of childhood obesity

Published on 24/05/2012

A new survey has suggested that children tend to have more body fat during childhood if their mother has low levels of vitamin D during pregnancy.

Low vitamin D status has already been associated to obesity in adults and children. A decreased vitamin D status is common in young women in the UK.

Whilst women are recommended to take an additional 10g/day of vitamin D during pregnancy, supplementation is not routine.

Researchers at the MRC LEU, University of Southampton compared the vitamin D status during pregnancy with the body composition of their children.

Writing in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, they found that children who were born to mothers with low vitamin D status during pregnancy had more body fat when they were six years old.

The study is part of a wider body of work by the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit into how factors during pregnancy might have a long-term effect on childhood growth and development. Sian Robinson, Principal Research Fellow, at the University, who led the study, said:

"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.”

"An interpretation of our data is that there could be programmed effects on the foetus arising from a lack of maternal vitamin D that remain with the baby and predispose him or her to gain excess body fat in later childhood.”

Further studies are needed to find out more about the connection between vitamin D and childhood obesity.

Most people should be able to get all the vitamin D they need by eating a healthy balanced diet and by getting some summer sun. NHS patients or those with health insurance should speak to their GP to find out more about vitamin D and its benefits.

© ActiveQuote Ltd. 2012

Categories:  Health
Low levels of vitamin D during pregnancy increases risk of childhood obesityA new survey has suggested that children tend to have more body fat during childhood if their mother has low levels of vitamin D during preg    tweet it on twittershare with your friends on Facebookshare with your friends on MySpaceBlog it on your LinkedIn profile

No.1 health insurance broker as rated by customers

I found the quality of service to be very helpful, and pretty much above my expectation. I'd recommend anyone to use ActiveQuote.

Review centre member

Very helpful and polite and always try their best to obtain the best quotes. Have been using them for the last 3 years and will continue to use them in the future.

Review centre member

A great service from the initial call, to finalising the agreement. I would highly recommend to my family and friends.

Review centre member

Proactive, efficient, and offered me insurance I need. I would say half price I would end up paying if I did it by myself. Many thanks.

Review centre member

Excellent service. Explained everything in detail and really helped to find the right insurance best suited to my needs - which wasn't necessarily the most expensive. 

Review centre member

Good value and the advisor was very helpful and recommended the best policy for my grandson. I would definitely use this service again and recommend to others.

Review centre member

We were contacted in good time to make a knowledgable choice. We were given plenty of options with lots of information to enable us to make the right choice.

Review centre member

The service I received was excellent, the staff member was very efficient and knowledgable. She went out of her way to get the best policy for me.

Review centre member

Great service. I really appreciated the help provided by Active Quote to arrange health insurance. The agent was very informative and proactive. Many thanks!

Review centre member

I received excellent care and attention from the first phone call till the last. Friendly, efficient and patient.

Review centre member
This site is operated by Insurance Broker ActiveQuote Ltd registered in England & Wales company number 6765845.
Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Firm reference number 501109 as detailed on the Financial Services Register. Please read our Key Facts document.
For information about your rights as a consumer visit Citizens Advice.

Our insurance comparison service is free and easy for you to use, but you are responsible for making sure all your information is entered correctly, and for choosing your insurer.

This site uses cookies in order to work correctly - these are not harmful and do not contain personal information. By using this site you consent to this. I understand  Tell me more

please wait ...