Reversing the impact of the pandemic on childhood obesity
“With schools closed, children spent hours upon hours sitting in front of a screen for instruction and homework. Non-academic screen time increased as well, with parents needing to work from home and thus relying more on screens to occupy the children. Parents also were unable to police screen time as much as they had in the past. Much built-in physical activity of school was removed: from the simple act of walking between classes to recess to physical education to field trips.
I have started wondering what would happen if we approach the obesity crisis like we approached the pandemic? By using the strategies that were used to “stop the spread,” I believe we can reverse this trend of burgeoning childhood obesity rates.”
Teresa Fuller is a pediatrician.
She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, “Reversing the impact of the pandemic on childhood obesity.”
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