A poor summer and a 21st century childhood could see a rise in the number of cases of rickets, cancer and other health problems, a top surgeon has warned. Swansea University's Professor Norman Ratcliffe says that the UK faces a deficiency in vitamin D due to the dull weather, with other experts warning that the country could be heading back to the 1920s when a large number of children suffered from rickets, which affects bone development in children and can leave sufferers with bowed legs. One of the dullest summers on record coupled with children not playing outside, wearing high factor sunscreen and being driven everywhere have meant that many youngster's vitamin D resources have not been replenished in time for winter.
A dull summer and a lack of children playing outside could lead to an increase in the number of cases of rickets (file picture)
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Parts of the UK recorded sunshine hours usually seen in late winter with the summer average in 2012 18 per cent lower than the average over the past three decades. Professor Nicholas Clarke, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Southampton General Hospital, told The Telegraph that the poor summer could see an increase in rickets cases - with most children suffering musculoskeletal pain at his hospital testing positive for a vitamin D deficiency. He said: ' There is no major education programme and primary care doctors are still not fully up to speed. Young children, pregnant women, people with dark skin and the over 65s are most susceptible to vitamin D deficiency.
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Source: Daily Mail UK