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The COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to weight gain for many of us, including our kids.
Have your child’s eating habits gotten unhealthy and out of control? If you’re like many parents and worried about your child’s excess weight, you aren’t alone.
The pandemic forced kids to stay home and switch to e-learning. To cut back on grocery store trips, families stocked up on shelf-stable (and calorie-dense) foods. Kids ate poorly and moved less. They became glued to their screens.
These factors combined have resulted in unhealthy eating habits and weight gain among children. A recent study in Pediatrics revealed that obesity rates among children ages 2 through 17 increased since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
How can you reverse unhealthy habits and help your child shed those extra pounds for better lifelong health? Here are 10 tips to get started:
You don’t have to do this alone. Talk to your child’s primary care doctor about how to help your child reach a healthy weight.
Edward-Elmhurst Health offers a variety of services to help:
To learn more about Dr. Ariza or to schedule an appointment online, visit her online profile.
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