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COVID-19 and childhood obesity


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Abstract

Childhood obesity, which is on the rise, is a risk factor for, as well as a possible negative outcome, of the restrictions enacted to protect against the novel corona virus 19 infectious disease [COVID-19]. To examine this premise the PUBMED and GOOGLE SCHOLAR data bases were sourced for relevant data published between January 2020 and March 2022 on the topic of COVID-19 and childhood obesity. These data bases show most current publications tend to portray a negative impact of COVID-19 lockdown policies on childhood obesity prevalence and outcomes. Many calls are hence being made for urgent efforts to mitigate a possible tsunami of chronic ill health and pain both in the short term, as well as in the long term among the millions of currently affected overweight children.

Keywords

childhood overweight, COVID-19, social isolation, school closures, obesity, pandemic, prevention

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