Before the pandemic, kids spent an average of 4 hours a day looking at screens — at least 3 hours a day playing video games. During the pandemic, this average only increased. In fact, out of the 227 million Americans who played more video games in the past year, USA Today reports that 76% were children.
While most people are probably aware that childhood obesity is an issue, many people don't realize just how big of a problem it's become. According to statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 19.3% of children and adolescents between the ages of 2 and 19 are obese. That's about 14.4 million kids total, or 1 in 5 individuals.
The COVID-19 pandemic has altered our perception of the world around us in profound ways. Many aspects of our lives—such as the way we interact with others, how we navigate in public spaces, or how we work—have been thrown into high relief, becoming the product of more scrutiny than ever before.
Everyone has been told at one point or another that exercise is good for you. It seems pretty clear because being physically fit makes you stronger, less prone to injury, and prevents you from developing diseases like diabetes. However, exercise also boosts your immune system, helping to fight diseases, illnesses, and infections, like the flu and even COVID-19. This is especially important as cities begin to reopen, people return to work, and children go back to school. Here’s how exercise boosts your immune system:
Sedentary behavior, like sitting for prolonged periods of time, can lead to serious health issues. This type of behavior has become increasingly common in younger generations with the rise of video games, surfing the internet, and binge-watching television.