Rickets Up Among Kids Hooked on Computers

Indoor play cuts sun, Vitamin D
By Emily Rauhala,  Newser User
Posted Jan 22, 2010 5:53 AM CST
Britain's kids lack Vitamin D, putting them at risk for rickets.   (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – Britain is experiencing an uptick in rickets, a Victorian-era disease caused by Vitamin D deficiency that causes children to develop bow legs. Today's computer-loving kids spend more time playing indoors, avoiding sunlight and the Vitamin D is provides. Researchers suggest adding Vitamin D to milk and other foods to combat the problem.

The condition is entirely preventable, and the stakes are high: The disease has been linked to cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, several cancers, and autoimmune conditions, the Telegraph reports.

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