New York: Children between the ages of 5 and 11 have gained more weight during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study has shown. The findings, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), indicate that there was an increase in body weight and the prevalence of obesity during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially among children aged 5 to 11.
The researchers said that children aged 5 to 11 gained 5.07 pounds more during Covid-19 than the same period before Covid-19, while children aged 12 to 15 and aged 16 to 17 gained 5.1 pounds. pounds and gained over 2.26 pounds. compared to the previous year, respectively.
Among 5 to 11-year-olds, about 9 percent of children aged 12 to 15 became overweight or obese as a result of weight gain, compared with 5 percent of those aged 12 to 15 and 3 percent of those aged 16 to 17.
To determine whether children gained excess weight during the pandemic, researchers analyzed the electronic health records of 1,91,509 children, aged 5 to 17, from March 1, 2019 to January 31, 2021 . Most of the increase between the 5-11 and 12-15 years groups was due to an increase in obesity.