Child weight gain has been more frequent since the outbreak of coronavirus. This is because children stayed indoors and glued to screens, rather than working outside.
Doctors warn of the dangers that long-term obesity can have on your health. These include hyperlipoproteinemia and hepatic Steatosis, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Precocious puberty can also lead to stunted vertical development.
According to the National Health Insurance Service, childhood obesity diagnoses surged 81.7 percent last year compared to 2019 to 1,283. The pandemic is being blamed on a decrease in exercise and increased consumption of fast food.
Choi Jin-ho, a pediatrician at Asan Medical Center, said, “To prevent obesity, children need to exercise 30 minutes a day, refrain from lying down during the day, get plenty of sleep and eat a balanced diet.”
Obesity does not have to be the main problem. Lee Byung-joo, an optometrist at Asan Medical Centre, stated that children are more likely to spend their time looking at their screens at home, which could cause problems with their vision. After every 30 minutes, children need to look out of the windows for at least 50 seconds to give their eyes a rest.”
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