ATLANTA, Georgia: A significant increase in obesity among American children and teenagers is a direct cause of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a newly released study.
The study, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control, follows a review of more than 432,000 children and teenagers aged between ages 2 and 19, in which researchers found a quickening rate of childhood obesity, especially if those children had been obese when the pandemic began.
One of the study's author's, Dr. Alyson Goodman of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, described the findings as "substantial and alarming."
The CDC study goes on to suggest that the pandemic is worsening the nation's battle against obesity, which also increases the victims of Covid suffering more severe illnesses.
The study also reported that some 22 percent of children and teens were obese.
The study detailed how children who were moderately obese gained 6.5 lbs per year before the pandemic and 12 lbs per year afterwards, while severely obese children rose from 8.8 lbs to 14.6 lbs.