The American Psychological Association’s (APA) annual “Stress in America” report showed that more than 40 percent of adults gained unwanted weight during the pandemic.

Now, new research has found that 30 percent of parents are reporting their children have gained unwanted weight as well.

This news may not be particularly surprising. Coping with the stress and upheaval to daily life caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has been rough on all of us, regardless of age.

Dr. Kristin Saxena, a board certified pediatrician and nutrition expert in Omaha, Nebraska, said that one of the biggest contributors to weight gain for kids during the pandemic, particularly during school closures, was lack of structure with eating.

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