New research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests a link between vitamin D status during pregnancy and childhood weight.
Dr Sian Robinson and colleagues at the University of Southampton compared vitamin D levels of 977 pregnant women from the Southampton Women’s Survey with the body composition of their children.
The authors found that children who were born from mothers with low vitamin D levels had more body fat when they were 6 years old compared to children born from mothers with sufficient vitamin D status.
“Although there is growing evidence that vitamin D status is linked to body fatness in children and adults, this research now suggests that the mother’s status in pregnancy could be important too.”
The authors suggest further research on the subject of vitamin D status during gestation and reproductive ages to fully understand the implications of the study.
Crozier SR, Harvey NC, Inskip HM, Godfrey KM, Cooper C, Robinson SM, SWS Study Group. Maternal vitamin D status in pregnancy is associated with adiposity in the offspring: findings from the Southampton Women’s Survey. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. May 2012.