Rise in rickets as children shun outdoors
Published 22/01/2010 | 05:00
Changing lifestyles among children is leading to a vitamin D deficiency and a rise in cases of rickets, medical experts said yesterday.
They said youngsters were spending more time indoors than previous generations, who played outside with friends.
Simon Pearce, a professor of endocrinology, called for vitamin D to be added to milk.
Rickets, where children develop bow-legs and do not grow properly, is a condition usually linked with poverty, starvation, Victorian times, or with those in the developing world. The main source of vitamin D is sunlight. But it is also present in oily fish and cod liver oil.