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Is your child at risk? The Consequences of Vitamin D Deficiency

by | Jul 24, 2020 | Health, Kids, Lifestyle, Movement, outdoor, Sport

According to the Journal of Nutrition by the University of Oxford in 2015, 70% of children in general populations are Vitamin D deficient.

Vitamin D is a nutrient in which production depends mainly on sunlight exposure, Vitamin D levels in children are greatly affected by changes in lifestyle.

Kid using phone while etating

Children today spend less time outdoors than any other generation, spending most of their day being sedentary in front of electronic media, especially during this time of COVID-19 pandemic.

As a parent, you may think that keeping your child indoors reduces their chances of being exposed to the virus, but this is just overlooking the fact that lack of sunlight leaves your child more vulnerable to other infections. 

Sick Kid

Why? Not having enough sunlight causes low levels of Vitamin D which poses detrimental effects to your child’s overall health. What’s more, Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to decreased lung function, which affects the body’s ability to fight respiratory infections. Vitamin D is vital to the proper functioning of the immune system which is the body’s first line of defense against infection and disease. 

Kids playing outdoors

To maintain healthy blood levels, the aim is to get at least 10-30 minutes of direct midday sunlight a few times a week. And the summer more than any season is the best time to get optimal levels of UVB  from the sun which is essential in vitamin D production. 

Ironic as it may sound, one of the best things that you can do as a parent to protect your child against COVID-19 or any other illnesses is just to simply let them enjoy the great outdoors!

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References
The Journal of Nutrition, Oxford University (2015). Vitamin D Deficiency in School-Age Children Is Associated with Sociodemographic and Lifestyle Factors 

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Will Murray
Will Murray

Will is one of the founders of Sport4Kids (now ProActiv Sports) in Hong Kong and was the driving force behind bringing it to Singapore in 2014. Will obtained a degree in Sports Science and Health, from Dublin City University and has vast experience coaching children and adults of all level and abilities. Will is experienced at coaching in a wide variety of sports with a particular interest in Soccer, Basketball and Gaelic Football. He is also a very keen sportsman having represented Ireland in underage basketball and Gaelic Football.

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