Singaporean kids are getting chubbier, especially during this period. Various clinics have noted a climb in childhood obesity cases since the pandemic began. In 2021, The Weight Management Clinic at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) saw a 12 per cent increase in cases as compared to 2019, while The Division of Paediatric Endocrinology at National University Hospital (NUH) saw a 15 per cent increase.
But why are children gaining so much weight? Obesity can be caused by various reasons. NUH’s website highlights excessive calorie intake, genetic factors, as well as lack of exercise. HealthHub pins in on an affluent lifestyle. With Singapore being a wealthier country than before, children no longer need to walk to school. Instead, they are ferried by vehicles. They also have access to technology and incidentally spend more time watching television or engaging with video games as compared to playing outdoors.
Yet, there are other reasons why children are facing an obesity crisis. If your kids are in this situation, keep reading to find more, as well as how childhood obesity can be harmful to your kids.