Die CDC se Dr.. Alyson Goodman, wat bygedra het tot die verslag, het gesê die resultate dui op a “groot toename in gewigstoename vir kinders” en is “aansienlik en kommerwekkend.”
Die studeerkamer, Donderdag vrygestel, is the largest yet to look at obesity trends during the pandemic. Among its chief findings was that roughly 22% of children and teens were obese last August – up from 19% 'n jaar tevore.
The study also found that children who were gaining a healthy average of 3.4 pounds a year, gained about 5.4 pounds during the pandemic.
For kids who were moderately obese, expected weight gain rose from 6.5 pounds a year before the pandemic to 12 pounds after the pandemic began. For severely obese kids, expected annual weight gain went from 8.8 pounds to 14.6 pond, according to the study’s findings.
Obesity rates among kids ages 6 aan 11 showed the most dramatic increase. Researchers said this age group may have been more affected when schools suspended in-person classes.
The pandemic appears to be worsening the nation’s longstanding obesity epidemic. Volgens die CDC, obesity affects more than one in six children and puts their long-term health and quality of life at risk.
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, children and adolescents spent more time than usual away from structured school settings, and families who were already disproportionally affected by obesity risk factors might have had additional disruptions in income, kos, and other social determinants of health,” het die CDC gesê.
The CDC’s research was based on a review of the medical records of more than 432,000 kids and teens, ages of 2 aan 19, who were weighed and measured at least twice before the pandemic and at least once early in the pandemic.
Associated Press het bygedra tot hierdie verslag.