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Report: Nearly Half of America's Kids Became Overweight During Lockdowns

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A new study of the results of the COVID lockdowns on America’s kids has found that up to half of our children became overweight thanks to the government-imposed lockdowns.

The University of Southern California and the University of Michigan study which came out Friday found that the weight of children between the ages of 5 and 11 increased from 36 percent to nearly 46 percent over a year of prolonged shutdowns and school closures.

Per The Federalist:

“School is essential,” Dr. Tim Logemann of the Wausau Aspirus Hospital Cardiologist and Obesity Treatment Program in Wisconsin, who placed blame directly on school absence while the authors of the study refrained from assigning cause. “Kids are eating ultra-processed foods locked in at home and it’s making them sicker.”

A literature review on effective strategies for childhood obesity prevention published in May of last year lends credence to Logemann’s claim. According to a team of 19 European researchers who reviewed more than 400 studies from 2000 to January 2015, school-based programs to mitigate childhood obesity were found far more effective than seminars directed at parents to teach healthy living at home.

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Effective interventions, researchers wrote, included teacher counseling and teacher role-modeling, availability of healthy cafeteria options, limitation of unhealthy alternatives, changes in recess practices, promotion of physical education and parental involvement “via assignments, meetings, informative material and encouraging them to improve the home environment.”

“Use of incentives for children, social marketing techniques, collaboration with local stakeholders were found to increase effectiveness,” they wrote. “Programs that focused only on educational sessions and material for parents, without promoting relevant environmental and policy changes, were found to be less effective.”

The study added that the numbers are mostly pegged to a rise in obesity among kids.

These rates were already bad before the lockdowns and school closures. Now they are just getting worse thanks to the COVIDiots who are using the virus as an excuse to grab power away from the American people.

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Warner Todd Huston has been writing editorials and news since 2001 but started his writing career penning articles about U.S. history back in the early 1990s. Huston has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN, and several local Chicago News programs to discuss the issues of the day. Additionally, he is a regular guest on radio programs from coast to coast. Huston has also been a Breitbart News contributor since 2009. Warner works out of the Chicago area, a place he calls a "target rich environment" for political news.