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Child health experts warn of devastating long-term effects on pupils

Jul 5th 2020, 3:10 am
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School closures are putting a generation of children at risk of obesity, health chiefs warned last night.

They said lack of exercise could have devastating long-term consequences when one in five pupils are already excessively overweight.

'We need to get kids back to school as soon as we can for their health,' said Russell Viner, who leads the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

'Everybody in the nutritional world is concerned.'

Most of the ten million pupils from Reception to Year 10 will be off school for at least six months - from March to September - because of the pandemic.

Professor Viner, who is on the Government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, added: 'We talk endlessly about the risks of transmission of Covid, and that's incredibly important, but it's not the only thing.

Health chiefs have warned that school closures and lack of exercise could have devastating long-term consequences for pupils. (Stock image)

Health chiefs have warned that school closures and lack of exercise could have devastating long-term consequences for pupils.

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Russell Viner (pictured on Good Morning Britain), who leads the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said the risk-balance equation for children is about the risks of not being in school and poor mental health, poor sleep and potentially lack of exercise and obesity

Russell Viner (pictured on Good Morning Britain), http://russbrowns.com/qtoa/index.php?qa=28247&qa_1=bill-pullman-is-obsessed-with-augmented-reality who leads the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said the risk-balance equation for children is about the risks of not being in school and poor mental health, poor sleep and potentially lack of exercise and obesity

'The risk-balance equation for children is about the risks of not being in school and poor mental health, poor sleep and potentially lack of exercise and obesity.'

Professor Jonathan Valabhji, NHS chief for diabetes and obesity, said the lockdown would only worsen the nation's weight problem.

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