September 17, 2021
Public Health/Prevention
  • A new CDC report indicates that children and teens gained weight at an “alarming” rate during the pandemic, validating concerns school closures during the COVID-19 may have reduced regular physical activity and access to healthy meals. The average body-mass index increase for children and teens approximately doubled between 2018 and 2020. During that time period, weight gain for children with moderate or severe obesity increased from 6.5 pounds a year to 12 pounds and 8.8 pounds to 14.6 pounds, respectively. (Articles here and here)