Obesity among children ages 5 to 11 rises during the pandemic

The average 5-year old (around 40 pounds) saw a 12.5 percent weight gain during the pandemic. The average 11-year-old (around 82 pounds) saw a more than 6 percent weight gain, according to the study. Before the pandemic, about 36 percent of 5- to 11-year-olds were considered overweight or obesity, and that increased to 45.7 percent.

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