April 19, 2024

Childhood obesity significantly worse due to lockdowns


In this March 23, 2022 article for The Telegraph, Laura Donnelly reports on the recent statement of Professor Chris Whitty, the UK’s Chief Medical Officer.

According to Whitty, there has been a “’significant’ worsening in childhood obesity, with the proportion of children starting school with a weight problem rising by a fifth since the pandemic”. This, he said, could have long-term impact, “increasing [children’s] risk of a host of deadly conditions, such as strokes, and heart attacks”.

Experts say that repeated lockdowns and the lack of school routines have led to an increase in snacking, increased consumption of junk foods, and a sedentary lifestyle.

Editor’s Note: Why didn’t governments speak about obesity earlier, when it was one of the major risk factors for severe COVID?[1]https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8073853/ If the government was truly focused on preventing deaths due to COVID, why didn’t they prioritize the prevention and eradication of obesity? Why didn’t they consider the damaging impact of lockdowns on the health of people?

We simply must ask these questions from governments as there is now an increased risk for the reimposition of 2020-style restrictions [see Fauci: Be prepared to return to COVID restrictions if cases surge again, China goes back into lockdowns in quest for the mythical zero COVID].

If our governments are serious about protecting their people from future pandemics, they must now assess the impact of their unscientific policies and law must be passed to prevent them from reimposing these in the future.

We must remember that all of these policies started because governments wanted to “flatten the curve” for just two weeks. Now our children are developmentally delayed, and some are now obese and are at risk of chronic diseases. Have we not learned anything in the past two years? Are we going to repeat the same mistakes?

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