Your Kids Lack Vitamin D?

Well, if so, they may be short and fat.

According to a new study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, young women with low blood levels of Vitamin D were, on average, one inch shorter, and 16 pounds heavier, than women that had normal levels of Vitamin D. Thus, according to the researchers, “vitamin D insufficiency is associated with increased [bodyfat] and with decreased height but not with changes in peak bone mass.”

Vitamin D has been in the news a lot lately, and this is yet one more instance where a lack of vitamin D (obtained mainly from sunshine or supplements, since good food sources are uncommon) is shown to have serious health consequences.