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Socioeconomic adversity and weight gain during the pandemic

JAMA Pediatrics

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JAMA Network

About The Study: In a large, demographically diverse sample of U.S. youth researchers found significantly greater increases in body mass index over time in 10- to 12-year-old youth assessed during the COVID-19 pandemic, compared with pre-pandemic controls. The effects of the pandemic on weight gain were most pronounced in low-income youth, suggesting that the pandemic exacerbated preexisting social inequalities. 

Authors: Elizabeth Sowell, Ph.D., of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, is the corresponding author.

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