Will is now a strapping, big-boned young man of 16. At six foot one, he’s a keen cyclist, and particularly enjoys BMX and playing hockey and rugby. As a child, he was always physically active.
Will’s mother Ann was one of the women who took part in the Medical Research Council’s observational study 17 years ago which looked at vitamin D use during pregnancy. It was later published in The Lancet.
Ann also ate healthily during her pregnancy and made sure that when Will and his older sister Hazel were children they also had a good diet which didn’t include processed food or ready meals.
‘They never had baby foods, they just ate what we ate, pureed,’ remembers Ann. ‘They didn’t have many crisps or chocolate, and we ate and still eat lots of fish, chicken, vegetables and carbohydrates.’
'Taking part in the study made me even more aware. Although it’s harder to get teenagers to eat as healthily as children, it’ll stand them in good stead as they get older.'
As part of the study Will had bone scans at the ages of three and nine, and his bone density was found to be excellent. Neither he nor his sisters have had fillings in their teeth, which Ann also attributes to their good bones.
‘I worked in the medical library at Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Royal College of Nursing for 10 years, and I was well steeped in information about the importance of eating healthily during pregnancy and making sure young children get a good diet and plenty of exercise,’ Ann says.