Between March 2020 and January 2021, the incidence of children ages 5 to 17 who were overweight and obese rose to over 40%. The increase was particularly pronounced among younger children, with a relative increase of almost 24%. Among children ages 5 to 11 years, the incidence of overweight and obesity rose from 36.2% to 45.7%, representing an absolute increase of 8.7% from January 2020, and a relative increase of 23.8%. Among children ages 12 to 15, the incidence rose from 38.7% to 43.4%, representing an absolute increase of 5.2% from January 2020 . . .
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