A new study, with a #UBGSE co-author, reveals that the stay-at-home orders have worsened the health of children with obesity. They are eating more poorly, exercising less and spending more time on phones, TVs and computer screens.
“Children and teens struggling with obesity are placed in an unfortunate position of isolation that appears to create an unfavorable environment for maintaining healthy lifestyle behaviors,” said Myles Faith, PhD, childhood obesity expert, study co-author, chair and professor of counseling, school and educational psychology in UB GSE.
The study, published in April in Obesity, examined 41 overweight children in March and April in Verona, Italy. Details about diet, activity and sleep were collected three weeks into Italy’s mandatory national stay-at-home order and compared to data gathered in 2019 when children were in school.
Faith believes government officials should consider these negative consequences when evaluating stay-at-home restrictions. School and its daily routines make a big difference in the health of these young people, he said.
“School environments provide structure and routine around mealtimes, physical activity and sleep – three predominant lifestyle factors implicated in obesity risk,” said Faith.
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