COVID-19 school closings are likely to mimic the effects of school summer recess and increase the risk for childhood obesity. COVID-19 pandemic will likely double out-of-school time this year for many children in the U.S. and will exacerbate the risk factors for weight gain associated with summer recess.
Research on obesity and behavioral changes during summer that put kids at risk for unhealthy weight gain. Essentially, every one of those risk factors have been magnified, and this period is going to last twice as long as your average summer recess.
Exercise as a family and Make it a challenge.”
During school closures, parents across the country are finding it challenging to limit their kids’ screen time and encourage physical activity — Social distancing may also reduce the opportunity for children to exercise, especially if outdoor physical activity is not an option due to shelter-in-place orders, crowded outdoor spaces, bad weather, or other factors. Children will be more motivated to exercise if the entire family participates. Family walks, bike rides, dance parties, living-room yoga sessions, or backyard soccer games are just a few examples of how your household members can exercise together. Taking steps to minimize your child’s risk factors for childhood obesity during the COVID-19 pandemic will lay the foundation for a lifetime of good health.
ref : Columbia University