The pandemic has had a negative effect on children's weight.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, obesity affected 19.3% of children ages 2 to 19 years. Since then, the rate of body mass index in children has nearly doubled, according to the CDC.
“Childhood obesity can make a child more susceptible to developing chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke in the future,” explains Tanisha Gonzalez, Registered Dietitian at Neighborhood Health Center. “Factors such as genetics, hormones and lifestyle can contribute to childhood obesity.”
These factors can include:
Here are some tips to help get your child back on track:
For additional assistance, the Neighborhood wellness team is here for you. Visit the patient portal at nhcwny.org to request and appointment or call 716-875-2904.
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