Vitamin D deficiency has been believed to be a cause of childhood obesity. But a study report in sciencedaily at the Mayo Clinic suggests that excess vitamin D does not aid in weight loss and can lead to increased cholesterol and triglycerides.
The study was also reported on marketwatch where Dr Cannell of the Vitamin D Council is quoted ” vitamin D is incredibly important for growth and development, especially in pregnant women and young children”. Dr Cannell recommends people take supplements if they are not in the sun, though this would ideally be from fortified foods.
The best way to get your vitamin D is by being out in the sun. Exposing your skin to sunlight for half the time for it to turn pink can give you adequate amount of Vitamin D. This is a natural process and has no danger of overdosing.