Vitamin D Status of the UK African-Caribbean Population

Tai Ibitoye, Dr Caroline Childs

Tuesday 7 June 20:00–21:00 BST

Season 3

Vitamin D deficiency is a public health concern in the UK, with people from African and Caribbean backgrounds particularly at higher risk. There are various reasons as to why this might be the case.

In this Journal Club session, we’ll be appraising a paper exploring the various reasons why people from African and Caribbean backgrounds are at an increased risk of vitamin D deficiency, and discussing how health professionals can provide more culturally appropriate advice to support them.



Watch this webinar to

Gain clear understanding of:
  • Vitamin D status among UK African and Caribbean individuals
  • Factors that contribute to vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency among this population group
  • Public health recommendations on vitamin D
Be aware of:
  • The limitations of this research study
  • The further research that is required to advance this area of study
Be able to:
  • Critically appraise nutrition research that focuses on ethnic minorities
  • Critically evaluate the assessment of vitamin D status in Black African and Caribbean individuals
  • Consider ways to provide culturally appropriate advice on vitamin D intake and supplementation


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Expert speaker

Tai Ibitoye
Registered Dietitian & Doctoral Researcher (Food and Nutritional Sciences), University of Reading

Tai Ibitoye is a Registered Dietitian, Doctoral Researcher and Health Writer specialising in nutrition support for older adults, weight management, public health nutrition and African and Caribbean diets. She has over 7 years’ experience working with the NHS, public health organisations, non-government organisations, academia, and research.


Paper reference

This session discusses the paper: Vearing RM, Hart KH, Charlton K, Probst Y, Blackbourn DJ, Ahmadi KR, Lanham-New SA, Darling AL. Vitamin D Status of the British African-Caribbean Residents: Analysis of the UK Biobank Cohort. Nutrients. 2021 Nov 16;13(11):4104. doi: 10.3390/nu13114104. PMID: 34836358; PMCID: PMC8620024.

About Journal Club Chair, Dr Caroline Childs

Each Journal Club session is chaired by Dr Caroline Childs, Nutrition and Metabolism subject lead in Medicine at the University of Southampton. She received student-nominated awards for ‘most engaging lecturer’ and ‘best pastoral support’ and a colleague-nominated award for teaching excellence. Dr Childs is a Nutrition Society Ambassador and a South East Regional Representative for the Association for Nutrition.

As she says, “Developing skills in critical appraisal is an essential part of being a competent nutrition professional – whether you’re a dietitian, nutritionist or health professional specialising in nutrition.”


Nutrition research reported in the media often highlights mixed or contradictory results between studies. So, as a nutrition professional, how can you ensure you use the strongest available evidence to inform your practice?


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