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Reducing risk of childhood obesity in the wake of covid-19

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posted on 13.01.2022, 17:42 by Alexandra Chung, Louise TullyLouise Tully, Sarah Czernin, Rachel Thompson, Athar Mansoor, Steven L. Gortmaker
The swift and necessary public health response to the covid-19 pandemic has had detrimental consequences for the prevention and management of childhood obesity, a concern critically in need of public health action. Although children are not as severely affected by covid-19 as adults—experiencing fewer or no symptoms—the public health response to mitigate its spread has exacerbated several risk factors for childhood obesity. Extended lock-downs and social distancing measures have increased children’s exposure to obesogenic environments and disrupted their participation in health promoting behaviours.



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Chung A, Tully L, Czernin S, Thompson R, Mansoor A, Gortmaker SL. Reducing risk of childhood obesity in the wake of covid-19. BMJ. 2021 10;374:n1716.

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10 August 2021

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