Obese Kids and Adolescents Lack Vitamin B

by Diane Lofshult on Jan 01, 2007

Researchers in Israel recently announced that they have found a link between childhood obesity and vitamin B12 deficiency. More than 300 children and adolescents were divided into two groups during this prospective study; one group had normal BMIs, while the other had BMIs above the 95th percentile, placing this group in the obese category.

According to the September 2006 issue of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, the researchers found that “obesity in children and adolescents was associated with an increased risk of low vitamin B12 concentration.” They recommended that “dietary assessment of obese children should include an estimation of vitamin B12 intake. The possibility of vitamin B12 deficiency, in addition to other micronutrient deficiencies, should be considered in obese children.”

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Diane Lofshult

Diane Lofshult IDEA Author/Presenter

Diane Lofshult is an award-winning freelance author who specializes in nutrition and weight management topics. She is the founder of In Other Words, an editorial consulting firm based in Solana Beach, California. Reach her at lofshult@roadrunner.com.