Vitamin D has many benefits, and now, it’s been found it may help weight loss in obese children. It helps absorb calcium so bones and teeth stay healthy, but the body does not produce it on its own. Outside vitamin D though, there are other ways to help with obesity: Have them spend less time on their computers or phones, encourage healthy eating habits, stock up on fruits, veggies, and whole-grain products, and encourage your family to drink lots of water and cut down on sugary beverages.
- In the study, participants who were given Vitamin D supplements showed reduced BMI and cholesterol levels, but it isn’t clear whether the Vitamin D was responsible for these effects.
- Too much Vitamin D can cause hypercalcemia, which causes fatigue, confusion and the weakening of bones and muscles.
- The study’s lead author suggested routine vitamin D screenings would be beneficial for overweight children to determine whether they suffer from deficiencies.
“Childhood obesity is an epidemic that continues to affect children in the U.S. and the whole world, and health experts are continuously looking for effective solutions to address this worrying concern. But according to the results of the study, vitamin D supplementation reduces obesity among children. The vitamin can even help lower other health risks.”