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Children’s obesity rates in England have increased significantly during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to new data Released Tuesday from the National Health Service (NHS), it links a growing trend of weight gain among children and adolescents since the pandemic began to a trend that has also been observed in the United States.

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NHS Digital data show Nearly one in seven children are considered obese when they start primary school in England – the rate of obesity increased from 9.9% during the 2019-2020 school year to 14.4% among children aged 4 and 5 in 2020-2021 .

In the last year of primary school, when children are 10 and 11 years old, the percentage of obese children increased from 21% to 25.5% over a period of one year.

One-year increase in obesity rates in England highest since NHS started collecting data 15 years ago Guardian reports,

Childhood obesity also accelerated in the United States-a Study The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that the percentage of obese children and adolescents in the US rose to 22%, up from 19% before the pandemic.

School closures, disrupted routines, increased stress and fewer opportunities for physical activity and proper nutrition were “potentially leading factors in weight gain,” the CDC study authors said.

Dr. Alison Goodman, of CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, said NPR The results were “substantial and dangerous”.

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