COVID-19, childhood obesity, and NAFLD: colliding pandemics

The COVID-19 pandemic drastically affected the lives of children and young people worldwide in 2020 and 2021. Public health measures to reduce community transmission of SARS-CoV-2 included unprecedented school closures and stay-at-home orders. In the UK, national lockdown measures in March, 2020, closed nurseries, primary and secondary schools, and universities for most students through the remainder of the school year. In 2021, primary and secondary schools were again closed in the UK from January to early March. Alongside these school closures were varying levels of restrictions on outdoor recreation, social gatherings, and economic activities. Although the role of social inequalities in exacerbating the negative effects of lockdown on the health and wellbeing of children was evident after the first wave of COVID-19,

  • Rajmil L
  • Hjern A
  • Boran P
  • Gunnlaugsson G
  • Kraus de Camargo O
  • Raman S
Impact of lockdown and school closure on children’s health and well-being during the first wave of COVID-19: a narrative review.