Influence of Calcium and Vitamin D Intakes on Body Composition in Children and Adolescents

María Correa-Rodríguez, Jacqueline Schmidt-RioValle, Robinson Ramírez-Vélez, Jorge Enrique Correa-Bautista, Emilio González-Jiménez, Blanca Rueda-Medina

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Identifying nutritional strategies to maintain a healthy body weight and reduce the comorbidities associated with obesity is extremely important. We aimed to investigate whether calcium and vitamin D intakes are associated with body composition measurements in a population of children and adolescents. A cross-sectional study was conducted involving 1,060 children and adolescents (65.8% females; 34.2% males) aged 9 to 19 years. Fat mass, percentage of fat mass, and fat-free mass were measured using a body composition analyzer (TANITA BC-418MA®). The mean dietary calcium and vitamin intakes were 829.66 ± 328.34 mg/day and 200.78 ± 400.91 IU/day. Linear regression analysis revealed a lack of significant association between daily calcium and vitamin D intakes and body composition measurements, after adjusting the model for age, sex, maturation status, and energy intake. Dietary calcium and vitamin D intakes do not appear to be associated with higher adiposity measurements in children and adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to) 243–248
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Nursing Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Nursing


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