Fast foods, potato chips, and diet soda all lead to obesity, but now a new analysis shows a surprising link between vitamin D and and belly fat. After analyzing data from the Netherlands Epidemiology of Obesity study, researchers from VU University Medical Center and Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands found that obesity is linked to vitamin D deficiency. They also discovered how the nutrient plays a role in fat accumulation in men and women aged 45–65. The analysis suggests that women and men with higher levels of abdominal fat, aka belly fat, are also vitamin D deficient.
Due to the connection between belly fat and vitamin D deficiency, those with larger waistlines “should consider having their vitamin D levels checked,” Rachida Rafiq, the lead researcher, said in a statement.
Excerpted from Eat This, Not That!