Obesity Tied to Vitamin D Deficiency

Obesity is something that is plaguing our nation each and every day. Not only does carrying extra weight put one at risk for heart problems and back problems, but new studies show that being overweight can also lead to vitamin D deficiency.  

There has been a lot of news regarding how vitamin D plays a part in obesity. “Vitamin D deficiency is an active health concern around the world. While many health messages have focused on a lack of sun exposure or excessive use of suncreams, we should not forget that vitamin D deficiency is also caused by obesity,” stated Dr. Elina Hypponen from University College London’s Institute of Child Health.

Why is this? Simply put, the body produces vitamin D and processes it as a fat-soluble vitamin. The body will produce vitamin D when the skin absorbs rays from the sun, as well as when it is taken as a supplement or as a part of one’s diet. Since vitamin D is stored in fat, researchers believe that those who are overweight are storing their vitamin D rather than allowing it to be used properly by the body. The report says, “Each 10 percent rise in body mass index (BMI) score was tied to a 4 percent drop in vitamin D concentration. The statistics held true for both genders and regardless of young or old age.”

Vitamin D is an important nutrient for the body because it helps with calcium absorption and prevents calcium depletion. It can also reduce inflammation and aid in cell growth.

So what’s the next step? If you are a healthy BMI, you are less likely to suffer from this vitamin D deficiency, but remember, vitamin D is important so enjoy some time outside this weekend. If you are overweight or obese, talk with your doctor about a healthy solution for weight loss. Any reduction in weight will help your body to more efficiently circulate and use vitamin D. Look to get fit through fun outdoor activities, such as walking the dog, tennis in the park, or even gardening.

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