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One in five US kids is obese: Report

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a group of people on a sidewalk: US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo) © Provided by Press TV US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Nearly a fifth of America’s youth are severely overweight, the latest national data shows. (File photo)

A lot of American children remain obese despite the increasing unemployment and shortage of food across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic, US media have reported.

According to a UCLA obesity researcher millions of children are idling indoors under COVID-19 lockdowns, making some kids get fatter.

UCLA obesity researcher Dr Tannaz Moin warned that closed schools across the US joined with stay-at-home orders during the coronavirus pandemic will only amplify obesity among some children.

“Kids for the most part are at home, and not at school with recess, and getting even less activity,” Moin told AP. “We may see worse trends in the coming years, especially if this pandemic continues the way it is.”

The latest national data shows nearly a fifth of America’s youth were severely overweight.

The newest data collected by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from more than 2,800 children shows that 19.3 percent of American children aged between two and 19 were obese.

According to another study published in the Lancet journal this week, obesity was a major comorbidity for COVID-19.

The study warned that the prevalence of obesity in the US could be causing younger people to experience more severe symptoms of the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, as one in five kids struggle with weight issues during the pandemic, nearly the same number live with families that are unable to provide enough food for their children, new research from the Brookings Institution found.

To make matters worse, the lockdown ordered to stop the outbreak also resulted in mass unemployment and disruptions in food supply, leading to a record surge in food insecurity for the American children in impoverished families.

The unprecedented food shortage in the US started after a number of food processing plants were shuttered due to the virus.

Multiple US news outlets cited a major food processing company warning about the limited supply of products until plants forced to close amid the coronavirus pandemic, reopened.

A major US meat processing company warned “the food supply chain is breaking” amid the coronavirus crisis.

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