I read an article in the Sunday Times last July which highlighted research about vitamin D levels in people’s blood. Apparently the fat in our bodies absorbs and holds onto this vitamin and prevents it from entering the blood stream. The absence of vitamin D in our blood affects the functions of the leptin hormone which signals to the brain when the stomach is full. The more body fat you have, the more vitamin D you store in your fat cells rather than use in the rest of your body.
The Aberdeen University scientists who undertook the research suggest that Scotland’s weather makes it less likely for folk to go outside and get the vitamin D needed to help shed excess weight. The more overweight you are, the more vitamin D you need to compensate for the uptake by fat cells.
So teachers, this is good news. You can take your class outside to enable you to lose weight! The more time spent outside the greater the amounts of vitamin D you and the children absorb. Not only are you providing quality learning, the vitamin D can be used as a slimming aid! Effortless multi-tasking, that deserves an extra biscuit at break time!