Combating child weight gain during COVID-19

Even without access to the gym, recreation centers, or school exercise programs, families should still find ways to keep their children active, according to Joyce Samuel, MD, with UTHealth and UT Physicians. (Photo by: Getty Images)

The infamous “Quarantine 15,” a reference to packing on the pounds during the pandemic, is affecting even the youngest of Americans, according to UT Physicians pediatricians, who are seeing the evidence in front of them via telemedicine appointments.

As the pandemic rages on, with delayed school openings and possible continued virtual learning for all, the problem could get worse, causing lingering negative health issues for a generation of youth.

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Written by: Jeannette Sanchez | August 12, 2020