A new study presented to the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology analyzed the results of Vitamin D supplementation on overweight and obese children and adolescents in Greece. The study was conducted on 232 obese children and adolescents from the ages of 8 to 13.
The study found that taking Vitamin D supplements significantly reduced the weight of the children taking them. In addition to reduced weight, the children taking the Vitamin D supplements also had higher HDL (the “good” cholesterol) concentrations.
There still needs to be more research conducted to determine whether or not Vitamin D should be given to overweight children. However, if your child is overweight it is a good idea to have his or her Vitamin D levels tested using a simple blood test. If you child has a Vitamin D deficiency then getting him or her started on Vitamin D supplements is a must.