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Hypothesis: Why so many females in the Middle East are now Vitamin D Deficient

Based on reading about dress codes for women and recently seeing the movie Wadjda , which is set in Saudia Arabia

  1. Dress codes started when living in tribes and women may have only needed to cover themselves when there were outside male visitors
    Plenty of access to the sun most of the time
  2. Dress codes continued when people moved to cities
    Women still got vitamin D in courtyards or rooftops - not wear excessive clothes when men from the family could not see them
    Even being in the shade the women would get about 1/3 the amount of vitamin D/hour
  3. Air conditioning became prevalent in the last portion of the 20th century, allowing people to escape the heat
    Rate of Multiple Sclerosis in women has gone up 6X in the past 30 years in Tehran (MS is strongly related to lack of vitamin D)
  4. Predict that rickets will make its appearance soon in the Middle East
    Turkey managed to reduce rate of rickets by 60X by giving 400 IU of vitamin D to EVERY child

Hajab prevalence: Wikipedia
from Wikipedia Nov 2013

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