The BDA backed the UK’s chief medical officer, Sally Davies’ decision to review the issue, after an increase in vitamin D deficiency was shown among at-risk groups. These include women who breastfeed, people not exposed to sufficient sunshine and the over-65s.
The government currently only advises vitamin D supplements for pregnant women and children under 5. But some parents report that they were not aware of this advice.
Davies will now be contacting health professionals across the UK on the need to prescribe and recommend vitamin D to all at-risk groups.
Jacquie Lowdon, spokeswoman for the BDA Paediatric Group, said: “The BDA welcomes the announcement by the chief medical officer that all health professionals will now be proactively asked to prescribe vitamin D supplements to all at-risk groups. This is a recommendation that dietitians have always supported.
“This is an important public health message which has the potential for significant health benefits. It is strongly supported by the BDA.”
Vitamin D is produced by the body when outside in direct sunlight. It also makes sure the body absorbs enough calcium in bones and teeth, preventing illnesses such as Rickets.