Vitamin D And Its Effects On Children Essay

774 Words Nov 25th, 2014 4 Pages
A diet provides individuals nourishment through the consumption of food and while maintaining a well-balanced diet is what all strive for, most diets are faulted and recently it has been shown that even children are suffering from inadequacies in their diets. In particular those associated with deficiencies in Vitamin A and Vitamin D. A study conducted by the Departments of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, at the University of Texas SW Medical Center aimed their research towards the evaluation of vitamin D deficiencies in obese and non-overweight children they also examined their dietary habits. (UT Medical Center) Evidence suggests that Vitamin D deficiency was more prevalent in children living in the southern parts of the United State, where obesity in children is also significantly greater, however, all obese children showed a deficiency when tested. Vitamin D deficiencies were also associated with a higher risk for type 2 Diabetes in obese children and have also had also had a rise in rates of this order. (Olson)
Most vitamin A is obtained through the diet via food sources such as milk, cheese, eggs, and yellow-to-orange vegetables such as carrots, yams, and squash. It also promotes tissue development and immune response in children. However, a deficiency in vitamin A can cause severe visual impairments and can even lead to blindness. It can also cause severe illness and in extreme cases can lead to death. A study, published by the Lancet, was conducted where is was…

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