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Coronavirus lockdowns worsen childhood obesity, studies say

The lockdown measures implemented to slow the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) are worsening child obesity due to decreased physical activity and poorer diets. U.S. researchers have found that obese children in Italy participated in less physical activity while eating more junk food and watching more TV while social distancing measures to stop COVID-19 were in place. The lockdowns also disrupted sleep activity, allowing these children to sleep longer than when they had to go to school. In addition, obese children who usually engaged in weight control programs at school have had their schedules disrupted, something the researchers warn could affect them into adulthood. Read more....

 

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