Childhood Obesity Is Soaring to New Levels

Kids’ weight has spiked during the pandemic, but it’s part of a long-term trend
As a pediatric endocrinologist in a busy New York City hospital, I am acutely aware of the impact COVID-19 has had on my patients. The physical, emotional, social, and academic costs of the pandemic are evident every time I examine a child diagnosed with the virus. However, I am also deeply aware of another health risk that is threatening the well-being of my patients — the significant increase in obesity that we have seen in children and teenagers over the past 18 months.

Before COVID-19, obesity affected around 20% of American children 2 to 19 years of age. Now, the numbers are expected to rise much further, with modeling studies predicting at least a 3% to 4% weight gain in children during the pandemic … read more

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