COVID-19 Leading to Obesity Crisis Among Kids, Reports Large Observational Kaiser Permanente Study

COVID-19 Leading to Obesity Crisis Among Kids Reports Large Observational Kaiser Permanente Study

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Network led by Kaiser Permanente Southern California reveals that childhood obesity rises, augmented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Involving almost 200,000 children, the study reveals that the pandemic has led to a severe obesity crisis, especially among children between 5 and 11 years old. Corinna Koebnick, Ph.D., led as senior author and observed that weight gains occurred across all age groups during the pandemic. She continued that the youngest kids face the worst situation as those aged 5 to 11 “gained 5 extra pounds, while 16 to 17 year-olds gained 2 extra pounds.” The next result is a 9% boost in obesity for the youngest cohorts—a troubling data point.

Health as a Mission

TrialSite has emphasized the dangers of growing obesity rates in America and other countries. The pandemic has hit those with obesity and other comorbidities particularly hard. Key moving forward is a pivot in the health system to focus on lifestyle commitments to healthy living. This means, as the Kaiser researchers see it, “As children back to school, it will be important to focus on health and physical ac...

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