Childhood obesity beyond COVID-19

Elsevier, The Lancet Public Health, Volume 6, August 2021
The Lancet Public Health

The global rise in childhood obesity is a serious, long-term public health challenge and one that—warns a policy briefing from the World Obesity Federation published in November, 2020—could be exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic response. Given how dramatically the pandemic has affected food systems, the economy, and children's daily lives over the past 2 years, the potential impact of the pandemic on childhood obesity warrants careful scrutiny and a plan to get back on track towards reducing childhood obesity as part of the pandemic recovery.