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A recent study published in the Journal Nutrients looked at how a mother’s vitamin D levels during pregnancy can affect her child’s growth and body composition.
The study included data from four regions in Spain and looked at children aged 11 or younger. The researchers measured the mother’s vitamin D levels during early mid-pregnancy and the child’s weight, height, and body fat.
They found that if the mother had low levels of vitamin D during pregnancy, her child was more likely to be overweight and have a higher body fat percentage. This was more common in boys and children with a genetic predisposition to obesity.
Mothers with deficient Vitamin D levels were younger, less educated, and smoked more during pregnancy.
The study suggests that ensuring pregnant women have adequate levels of vitamin D may help prevent childhood obesity.
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