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A new study found that lack of vitamin D may not only bad for the bones but it may also lead to fatter adolescents.

The study of over 650 teenagers aged 14-19 has found that those who reported higher vitamin D intakes had lower overall body fat and lower amounts of the fat in the abdomen, a type of fat known as visceral fat, which has been associated with health risks such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and hypertension.
Potential study participants had their weekday and weekend diets tracked by researchers seven times during a three-month period and those who provided at least four diet reports were included in the final group of 659.

Body fat percentages were measured by dual energy X-ray absorptiometry scans, which can measure total body composition. Visceral fat was measured in a subset of 432 teens.

Black females, who belong to the group of people with the lowest vitamin D intake, had higher percentages of both body fat and visceral fat, while black males had the lowest percentages of body and visceral fat, even though their vitamin D intake was below the recommended levels. Only white males were getting the recommended minimum intake of vitamin D.

Because this study was a cross-section so, it cannot prove that higher intake of vitamin D caused the lower body fat, but there certainly is a relationship that needs to be further investigated.

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I don't think this study proved any relationship between vitamin D intake and adolescent obesity at all. As stated in this post, black males had the lowest percentage of body and visceral fat even though their vitamin D intake was below the recommended levels. So the opening statement that a new study found that lack of vitamin D may also lead to fatter adolescents simply does not ring true.
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