A new study, recently published in the Lancet, has been making headlines with the startling finding that up to 70% of teenage girls in the UK are iodine deficient. Hmmm. Young women. Health issue. Yes, you can guess what’s coming. Here are some headlines:
‘Intelligence of future generations at risk’ (The Scotsman)
‘Babies at risk as girls fail to get enough iodine’ (The Independent)
‘Girls’ lack of iodine could harm babies’ (Daily Mail — always a classic)
It’s true that, should these women at some point decide to become pregnant and have babies, their iodine deficiency could be harmful to their pregnancies and harmful to the resulting babies. But these women’s iodine deficiency is also harmful to them. Now. Whether or not they ever have babies.
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