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Masters in Public Health
Introduction: The main hypothesis is that COVID-19 affects the prevalence of childhood obesity in the United States due the precautions needed to contain the pandemic.
Methods: The methods used in this semi-systematic literature review includes web-based research from the following sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Google Scholar, ResearchGate, and EBSCOhost. The search was limited to children ages 5 to 19 years old with diagnosed obesity.
Results: The review found that COVID-19 pandemic has greatly increased the rate of childhood obesity in the United States due to changes in diet, increased screen time, and less physical activity.
Discussion: There are several discussions that pertain to childhood obesity during this pandemic, however, there is very little discussion on how to combat this issue. There are also several children’s hospital weight management programs that aim to educate children and parents, but change is first needed from the personal and interpersonal level.
Children, obesity, childhood obesity, mental health, BMI, COVID-19, pandemic
Epidemiology | Pediatrics
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Cruz, Ana, "Effects of COVID-19 in the Status of Childhood Obesity in the United States: A Literature Review" (2022). The Graduate School Posters. 4.