In the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publication journal Preventing Chronic Disease an article on childhood obesity was published June 12, 2014. The article titled “Accelerated Weight Gain Among Children During Summer Verses School Year and Related Racial/Ethnic Disparities: A Systematic Review” compared seven studies and noticed 6 of the 7 demonstrated a faster rate of weight gain in some children during the summer months compared to the school year.
Summer is thought of as a time when children play, but this study suggests it’s also a time when kids are gaining weight at an increased rate compared to the months during the school year. The accelerated weight gain was most pronounced among children who were already overweight. It is important for children to participate in physical activities as well as be aware of the proper foods to eat during the summer months.
I’m Steve Taylor, Physical Therapist, of Southern Physical and Occupational Therapy Services
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