Resolution of Hypothyroidism with Chiropractic Care – A Case Report

The Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research published the results of a case study on August 31, 2020, documenting the resolution of hypothyroidism in a woman undergoing chiropractic care. According to the American Thyroid Association, “Hypothyroidism is an underactive thyroid gland. Hypothyroidism means that the thyroid gland can’t make enough thyroid hormone to keep the body running normally. People are hypothyroid if they have too little thyroid hormone in the blood.”

Resolution of Hypothyroidism with Chiropractic Care - A Case Report-Austin-TX-ATX-Chiropractor-PI-Personal-Injury-Car-Truck-Accident-Collison-Pain-CareThe study begins by noting how common thyroid problems are. “Thyroid diseases and conditions are becoming increasingly prevalent in the United States. Presently, it is estimated that twenty million Americans have some form of thyroid disease and greater than twelve percent of the American population will develop a thyroid condition over the course of their lifetime.”

In this case, a 61-year-old woman went to the chiropractor seeking help with her health issues. At that time, she was suffering for over a decade with thyroid problems, weight gain, decreased energy, migraines, dizziness, vertigo, ringing in the ears, and Meniere’s disease. The woman had previously seen her medical doctor who sent her for blood tests. Those tests led to her being given a diagnosis of hypothyroidism.

A chiropractic examination was performed which included static palpation, motion palpation, range of motion, standing postural analysis, and thermography. X-rays of her spine were taken which included front and side views of her neck, mid-back and lower spine areas.

The results of the examination showed multiple areas of concern along the woman’s spine consistent with subluxations. The spinal x-rays confirmed the spinal problems and it was determined that subluxations were present. With this information, specific forms of chiropractic adjustments were given to the woman on a regular basis.

As care progressed, the woman reported that she had been feeling an increase in her energy, her weight had stabilized, and she was experiencing a decreased frequency in bouts of ringing in her ears. The study notes that the woman was encouraged because her symptoms were improving.

After two months of chiropractic care, the woman returned to her medical doctor for a checkup and was referred out to the laboratory for blood work. Upon receiving the results from her blood work, her medical doctor explained that the woman’s thyroid levels were all within the normal range.

In their conclusion, the study authors wrote, “The reduction in signs and symptoms of vertebral subluxation were associated with an improvement in thyroid function and symptoms related to hypothyroidism”

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Resolution of GERD, Constipation, Sleep Disturbance and Developmental Delays With Chiropractic

Published in the July 9, 2020, issue of the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health was a case study with the title, “Resolution of Severe Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, Chronic Constipation, Sleep Disturbance & Developmental Delays Following Chiropractic in an Infant with Birth Trauma.” Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease is more commonly known as GERD. The American Academy of Allergies Asthma and Immunology describes GERD as “Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a digestive disorder that occurs when acidic stomach juices, or food and fluids back up from the stomach into the esophagus. GERD affects people of all ages—from infants to older adults.”

Resolution of GERD, Constipation, Sleep Disturbance and Developmental Delays With ChiropracticThe authors of this case study begin by explaining the purpose of this study by saying, “For many people, chiropractic is a vastly misunderstood concept. This challenge, along with explaining the benefits and safety of pediatric chiropractic care to parents, can prove to be very difficult. In a chiropractic office, children can present with multiple symptoms of both musculoskeletal and non-musculoskeletal complaints. In an effort to provide more evidence on the benefits of chiropractic care for children, we are describing the successful chiropractic care of a pediatric patient who had multiple co-morbidities. These included severe gastroesophageal reflux disease, chronic constipation, severe torticollis, developmental delays, abnormal sleeping patterns, and plagiocephaly.”

In this case, the mother of an 8-month-old boy brought her son to the chiropractor to see if he could be helped with a variety of health issues. At that time, the baby boy was suffering with severe GERD, frequent vomiting, constipation and problems sleeping. It was also reported that the boy had developmental delays in language, cognition, and movement/physical development. The boy had suffered through a very difficult birth process that resulted in his head being misshaped due to the forced used.

A chiropractic examination noted that the boy had significant loss of muscle tone causing him to be able to only hold his head up for about 10 seconds before he would become extremely fussy. He was also unable to turn his head to the left. Neck x-rays, thermal scans and spinal palpation were also performed. It was determined that the boy had multiple areas of spinal subluxation in his neck.

With consent of the parents, specific, age appropriate forms of chiropractic adjustments were rendered to the boy’s neck to address the subluxations. After the boy’s second chiropractic visit, his mother reported that he had had normal bowel movements and was no longer constipated. She also reported that his sleeping had improved. By the fourth chiropractic visit, his GERD had improved to the point where his mother was able to remove him from the medications the MDs had given for his GERD. She also reported that her son was able to tolerate tummy time for much longer; improving from 10 seconds of being on his tummy to 15 minutes.

As care continued, the boy regained full range of motion of his neck, and by the 14th chiropractic visit, he had improved developmentally achieving some important developmental milestones including being able to roll over and hold himself up on his hands and knees. After five weeks of chiropractic care, the boy had met many more developmental milestones and was able to reach for objects, crawl forward, pull himself up on furniture, and sleep throughout the entire night. After two months of care, he began walking unassisted.

In their conclusion the authors wrote, “This is a case report of successful chiropractic care of an 8-month-old male with both subjective and objective complaints consistent with GERD, constipation, abnormal sleeping patterns, torticollis, developmental delays, and plagiocephaly. This study gives evidence of improved and resolved symptomatology involving both musculoskeletal and non-musculoskeletal conditions after chiropractic care; it suggests the possibility that patients dealing with similar conditions may also benefit from chiropractic care.”

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15-Year-Old Boy with Post Concussion Syndrome and Whiplash Helped by Chiropractic

A study published on July 27, 2020, in the Journal of Contemporary Chiropractic documented the improvement of a 15-year-old boy suffering from post-concussion syndrome and whiplash who was helped by chiropractic. Post-Concussion Syndrome is an alteration in brain function or other brain pathology caused by an external force. A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) which usually occurs after a blow to the head or whiplash injury and is considered a non-lethal type of brain injury.

15-Year-Old Boy with Post Concussion Syndrome and Whiplash Helped by Chiropractic-Austin-Chiropractor-Professional-Athlete-Stars-Celebrity-Best-Local-Downtown-MobileThe study begins by reporting that “The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that approximately 10 million people are affected annually by traumatic brain injury (TBI), and it is an injury that will surpass many fatal diseases as the primary cause of death and disability in 2020.” In New Zealand, where this study occurred, it is estimated that there are 24,000 cases of concussion each year. The Brain Injury Research Institute estimates that in the United States between 1.6 and 3.8 million sports and recreation-related concussions occur each year.

The symptoms of a concussion could include headaches, cognitive changes such as feeling like you’re in a fog, loss of consciousness, amnesia, neurological deficits, balance impairment, gait unsteadiness, irritability, slowed reaction times, and sleep disturbances.

The history of this case involved a 15-year-old boy who fell forward headfirst into a bed frame and struck the front of his head. This caused hyperextension, or whiplash-like force to his cervical spine along with external injuries to his head from the impact. The boy was admitted to the hospital and released after two days. About a week after the injury, the boy started experiencing concussion related symptoms of headaches, dizziness, behavioral changes and an inability to conduct his activity of daily living.

After a chiropractic examination, specific forms of chiropractic adjustments were started. The boy was also given stretching exercises to perform at home and some nutritional supplements. Over the course of his chiropractic care, the boy showed continual improvement as well as testing improvement in concussion protocol test conducted by his MDs. Within a three month period, the boy reported having felt that he had 98% returned to normal with a disappearance of his concussion symptoms.

In their discussion, the authors reviewed additional research on this subject and reported, “The current research suggests that spinal misalignments can change the way the central nervous system (CNS) processes sensory motor integration. The current research demonstrates improvement in sensory integration following spinal manipulations, indicating there is scope for chiropractic research to investigate these sensory integration functions.” They concluded “This case study demonstrates improvements in post-concussion symptoms and whiplash in a 15-year-old male following chiropractic care.”

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Veteran Taking Opioids with Pain from Spinal Surgery Helped by Chiropractic

A study published in the Journal of Contemporary Chiropractic on July 8, 2020, documented the case of a U.S. veteran who was suffering with lower back pain after having spinal surgery and who was taking opioid pain killers being helped by chiropractic and was able to stop taking the opioid drugs.

Veteran Taking Opioids with Pain from Spinal Surgery Helped by Chiropractic - Austin-TX-Chiropractor-Natural-Healthcare-Spine-Nervous-SystemAccording to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “2018 data shows that every day, 128 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids.1 The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare.” It is also estimated by the CDC that opioid addition costs the U.S. economy $78.5 billion per year.

Because of the size and scope of the opioid problem, any alternative that can help people and get them away from drugs should be considered a valuable component of healthcare. Chiropractic has been shown through many studies to help people in pain, therefore reducing the usage of opioid drugs.

In this study, a 70-year-old man who was a U.S. military veteran sought chiropractic care at a military VA chiropractic center for chronic low back pain as well as pain in the upper back and neck areas. Years earlier, he had undergone a lumbar laminectory and cervical fusion surgery in his neck. Since his surgery, he has been treated unsuccessfully with physical therapy and shots for his pain.

At the time he went to the Chiropractic VA center, he was taking hydrocodone 3 times daily for his pain. He stated that without the drug he was unable to work or stay positive due to his problems. He also had significant restriction of spinal movement.

After his first chiropractic visit, the man reported an improvement in his neck movement. After a week of chiropractic the man stated, “I have been feeling really good, you guys really brought me a long way. ” He elaborated by saying “I am able to bend down and touch the floor now, before I couldn’t reach down and pick up a quarter and feel a lot looser.”

After seven chiropractic visits, the man reported that he had completely taken himself off opioid drugs. He noted that he was able to increase his activities and was exercising daily in the form of swimming, weight training, walking on the beach, and stretching. He commented “since being off of opioids I feel like I have my life back.”

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Shoulder Problems Helped by Chiropractic

Two separate case studies showed chiropractic care helping patients with shoulder problems. The first study was published on June 8, 2020, in the journal The Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research and involved a 68-year-old man with frozen shoulder. The second case was also published in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research on July 31, 2020, and involved a 69-year-old woman who was helped with adhesive capsulitis through chiropractic care.

Shoulder Problems Helped by Chiropractic-Austin-TX-Chiropractor-Health-Wellness-Chiropractor-Car-Truck-AccidentThe Mayo Clinic describes these types of shoulder problems on their website by saying, “Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition characterized by stiffness and pain in your shoulder joint.” They further explain that “The bones, ligaments and tendons that make up your shoulder joint are encased in a capsule of connective tissue. Frozen shoulder occurs when this capsule thickens and tightens around the shoulder joint, restricting its movement.”

The authors of the July 31st study note that in their case a 69-year-old woman had fallen and fractured the top of her right arm bone, the humerus. As her shoulder healed, it became stiff and difficult to move. She was eventually diagnosed as having adhesive capsulitis before seeking chiropractic care.

Specific forms of chiropractic adjustments were performed on the woman’s spine. After six visits, the woman reported a decrease in shoulder pain and a significant increase in all movement. She also noted the ability to perform daily activities such as writing in her journal, doing arts and crafts, getting in and out of the pool more confidently, and being able to reach behind her for the first time since fracturing her humeral head.

The other case published on June 8th involved a 68-year-old man who went to the chiropractic clinic having a chief complaint of left sided shoulder pain and stiffness. He had been given a previous diagnosis of frozen shoulder by his medical doctor. This man’s issue started 20 years earlier after two falls from his bicycle. The man’s pain and stiffness were getting progressively worse prior to seeking chiropractic care.

After a chiropractic examination, chiropractic care was initiated at the rate of three visits per week. As care progressed, the man noted that his pain and stiffness were steadily improving. He was excited to report that he could put on his shirts and jackets without the need for assistance.

In the conclusion of the July 31st study, the authors wrote in their conclusion that “Adhesive capsulitis is an enigma for health care professionals to diagnose and to treat. Treatment options are variable and show differing levels of success. Correcting vertebral subluxations throughout the spine is correlated with improvement in subjective pain ratings as well as active and passive range of motion measures.”

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Chronic Headaches and Neck Pain After Whiplash Helped by Chiropractic

A case study published in the Journal of Contemporary Chiropractic on February 14, 2020, describes the improvement with chiropractic of a woman who had been suffering with headaches and neck pain after a whiplash injury.

Chronic Headaches and Neck Pain After Whiplash Helped by Chiropractic - Austin Chiropractor for Help with Car Crash Neck and Whiplash Injury LOP PI AttorneyA normal neck curve as seen from the side x-ray should show a sweeping curvature forward. When the curvature is reduced or reversed, known as a cervical kyphosis, it is many times associated with a number of health issues. According to this study, two of the more common issues seen with cervical kyphosis are neck pain and headaches.

Headaches and neck pain are very common problems. The study reports that “Tension-type headaches are the most common headache worldwide affecting greater than 40% of the population. Neck pain is also prevalent and will affect up to 70% of the population.” They note that these problems are commonly seen together. “Those suffering from headache have a high chance of also having neck pain, a 90% prevalence rate, particularly following motor vehicle collisions (MVCs).”

In this case, a 29-year old mother of 3 went to the chiropractor with a chief complaint of severe headaches. The woman had been suffering with headaches for 13 years ever since being involved in a motor vehicle accident from which she was diagnosed with severe whiplash. Over the years, her headaches persisted and got worse.

The woman also suffered from neck and upper back pain as well as lower back pain. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the worst, she rated her pain as follows: headaches 8 out of 10, upper back pain 4 out of 10, and lower back pain 8-9 out of 10. She also was suffering with numbness in her legs and feet as well as cold fingers, right arm pain, ringing in her ears, difficulty digesting greasy foods, low energy, restless legs, cramping, and irregular periods.

An examination showed limited muscle strength as well as reduced ranges of motion. A side x-ray of her neck showed a reversal of her neck curve in the upper portion of her neck. Based upon these findings, specific chiropractic care, along with home exercises, was started to address these issues.

After care was started, a re-examination was performed and showed an increase in muscle strength as well as a greater range of motion. As care continued, the woman reported that her neck pain had reduced by 90%, and her lower back pain improved by 70%. She also reported that she was no longer having severe headaches and dizziness, except for an occasional slight headache. Additionally, the woman reported that she no longer suffered from cold fingers, ringing in her ears, restless legs, pelvic cramping and irregular periods.

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Effects of Chiropractic Care on Strength, Balance, and Endurance

The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine published the results of a study on June 12, 2020, showing that chiropractic care was able to cause an increase in strength, endurance, and balance in active duty military personal participating in this study.

Effects of Chiropractic Care on Strength, Balance, and Endurance - Austin Chiropractor for Help with Car Crash Neck and Whiplash Injury LOP PI AttorneyA number of studies have shown that benefits of chiropractic care for military personnel. Physical ailments are common in the military due to the active nature of training and activities. Numerous studies have shown a high degree of satisfaction among military personnel who undergo chiropractic care.

Legislation in the U.S. established chiropractic care at many military facilities, thus making chiropractic more available than in the past to those serving in the armed forces. One large study published on May 18, 2018, in the JAMA Network Open under Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation showed that adding chiropractic to standard medical care gave superior results for lower back pain than just standard medical care among active U.S. military personnel.

This controlled trial study was designed to see if chiropractic had an effect on strength, balance, and/or endurance in active-duty United States military personnel 18–40 years of age with low back pain. In this study, 4 weeks of chiropractic care was given to 110 active-duty military personnel who were suffering with lower back pain.

The chiropractic care rendered to the participants in this study consisted of spinal adjustments (referred to as manipulation in this study), education, advice, and reassurance. All the care was rendered at the Naval Air Technical Training Center branch clinic at the Naval Hospital Pensacola Florida.

To measure strength, the participants were asked to do isometric pulling from a semisquat position. Balance was tested by having participants perform a single-leg balance with eyes open and eyes closed. Endurance was measured by a test called the Biering–Sorensen test. This test requires the participant to lie face down on a table with the top half of their body extending over the table. They are then tested to see how long they can keep extended straight out from the table using their torso muscles. These tests were performed initially, and after four weeks of chiropractic care.

The results showed that there was a statistical improvement in strength and endurance for the group after chiropractic care as compared to their initial testing. Balanced was improved after chiropractic with the eyes closed, but no statistical difference was seen when the eyes were kept open. The participants also saw improvement in lower back pain (LBP) and disability due to the chiropractic care.

In their conclusion the authors wrote, “Active-duty military personnel receiving chiropractic care exhibited improved strength and endurance, as well as reduced LBP intensity and disability, compared with a wait-list control.”

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Infant with Congenital Torticollis Helped by Chiropractic

In the June 2020 issue of the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic is a published case study documenting the positive outcome from chiropractic care of an infant suffering with torticollis. The John Hopkins Medical webpage describes torticollis by saying “Torticollis, also known as wryneck, is a twisting of the neck that causes the head to rotate and tilt at an odd angle.”

Infant with Congenital Torticollis Helped by Chiropractic - According-to-Study-Austin-Texas-Pediatrician-Chiropractor-Health-Wellness-Newborn-Infant-BabyThe study begins by explaining “Torticollis can develop due to a constrained intrauterine position in the last weeks of pregnancy, breech lie, birth trauma/forces during delivery, and late gestational age.” This type of torticollis is known as congenital torticollis. If torticollis occurs after birth, it is known as acquired torticollis. Although many cases of torticollis are mild, it is estimated that it occurs in 3 out of every 100 babies.

Some of the symptoms of torticollis include the baby’s inability to turn the head side to side or up and down easily. There may also be a soft lump in the baby’s neck muscle on one side. The baby will want to look over his/her shoulder to see the parent rather than follow with his/her eyes. Breastfeeding on one side may also become difficult, and a flat spot on one side of the head may appear.

In this case, a mother brought her 3-week-old infant to the chiropractor because she had felt a nodule in her baby daughter’s neck and the mother noticed that her daughter was always turning her head to the right. The infant also had a restricted range of motion in her neck and left arm.

The history in this case revealed that the mother had a difficult birth and delivered at 41 weeks of pregnancy. The birth was induced, but when unsuccessful, forceps were used three times to assist the delivery.

The chiropractor performed an age-appropriate examination which showed significant restriction in neck motion with a visible head tilt to the left with a right rotation. The baby’s head was also misshapen, and a nodule could be felt in the lower neck muscles. It was also found that the top neck bone, the atlas, was malpositioned. Based upon the findings, chiropractic care was started. The mother was instructed to perform some minimal range of motion movements and to massage the nodule on the neck daily at home.

The results showed that within five visits, the infant regained 90% of her neck range of motion. As care continued, the nodule in the neck released, and the baby girl’s arm movement improved. Eventually, the baby girl’s neck problems were resolved and her only issue was a misshaped head due to the prolonged time she was on one side. Medical care in the form of a helmet was used to assist with the head shape.

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Improvements in Heart Rate Variability Following Chiropractic Care

In the journal The Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research is the result of a case study published on June 29, 2020, documenting the improvement on heart rate variability of a patient under chiropractic care. The importance of heart rate variability is that is can shed light on the overall function of the autonomic nervous system.

Improvements in Heart Rate Variability Following Chiropractic Care - Chiropractor in Austin TX Best Reviews Healthgrades Google Yelp Nextdoor AppThe study begins by noting that “The autonomic nervous system is understood to have two branches, the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system.” It goes on to further explain that “Both branches of the autonomic nervous system play a critical role in the overall picture of health, as both are critically necessary in their own respect and must work in tandem for optimum health to be achieved.”

The heart is predominantly under the control of the autonomic nervous system. In response to activities, the heart should vary the rate at which it beats. A lower rate of variability means the heart is not reacting properly to change which is an indicator of health issues. A higher heart rate variability, but not too high, is a healthier response.

Chiropractors have maintained that subluxations to the spine affect nerve system function. This could then have a negative effect on heart rate variability. In this study, a 38-year-old man went to the chiropractor primarily for lower back pain that started two weeks earlier.

A chiropractic examination was performed which included palpation, range of motion, spinal thermal scans, surface EMG scan and spinal x-rays. A significant reduction in the man’s spinal range of motion was noted. Additionally, a pulse wave profiler was utilized to determine the man’s heart rate variability to see if there could be subluxations affecting the autonomic nervous system.

The authors explained why this procedure was done by saying, “The effects of chiropractic care on autonomic dysfunction can be analyzed through heart rate variability. This helps determine one’s overall ability to adapt to the environment.”

From the examination, it was determined that subluxations were present. A series of specific chiropractic spinal adjustments were done to address the subluxations. On a subsequent re-examination, the man’s symptoms had improved. The pulse wave profiler was again used to access any changes to the heart rate variability. On this follow-up evaluation, significant increase in the heart rate variability was noted indicating improved function of the autonomic nervous system.

In their conclusion the study authors state, “Heart rate variability is demonstrated to be a valid and reliable indicator of overall health and indicates that a decreased heart rate variability is consistent with poor health and autonomic function.” They go on to say, “Evidence supports that chiropractic care should be utilized for individuals who demonstrate autonomic dysfunction.”

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COVID-19 Lockdowns Worsen Childhood Obesity, Study Finds

Above is the headline of a June 3, 2020, article in Science Daily reporting on a study published on April 30th by the University of Buffalo in the research journal Obesity. It is well established that childhood obesity is a significant health issue in the U.S. and in other developed nations. This study looked at the effect the stay-at-home lockdown has had on children and their eating habits.

COVID-19 Lockdowns Worsen Childhood Obesity, Study Finds - Austin_TX_Chiropractor_Best_Reviews_Treats_Kids_Pediatrics_Baby_InfantAccording to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Childhood obesity is a serious problem in the United States putting children and adolescents at risk for poor health. Obesity prevalence among children and adolescents is still too high.” On the CDC website, they note that prevalence of obesity is 18.5% and affects about 13.7 million children and adolescents. The breakdown shows that obesity affects 13.9% of 2- to 5-year-olds, 18.4% of 6- to 11-year-olds, and 20.6% of 12- to 19-year-olds.

The study was conducted in Verona, Italy, where there was a significant lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic. This pandemic has had far reaching health, social, and economic implications. It has closed schools around the world leaving children at home where their diets were not regulated by school programs.

A total of 41 children and adolescents with obesity were included in the study. The researchers initially collected information on each participant’s lifestyle including diet, daily activity, and sleep behaviors. This information was later collected again at three weeks into the lockdown to see if there was a significant change due to the lockdown.

The results of the study showed that there was an increase in the number of meals eaten per day by the children while at home.

This increase showed that more than one additional meal was eaten each day. Although there was an increase in the amount of meals eaten, there was no increase in the amount of vegetables eaten. One possible benefit was that there was an increase in fruit consumption. Unfortunately, there was also a significant increase in the consumption of potato chips, red meat, and sugary drink during the lockdown.

The results also revealed that the children had a significant increase in sleep time of over an hour per day. Conversely, they also had a significant decrease of around five hours less in sports and activity per week. As expected, there was a very large increase in screen time averaging almost five extra hours per day.

In their discussion, the authors point out that these results all point toward negative health outcomes and exacerbation of obesity issues. They commented, “Specifically, our longitudinal study of children and adolescents with obesity affirmed that eating, activity, and sleep behaviors changed in an unfavorable direction three weeks into their confinement during the national lockdown. These observations point to the critical need for implementation of preventive measure during periods of lockdown, particularly when their duration is uncertain.”

In the Science Daily article on this study, Myles Faith, PhD, UB childhood obesity expert and co-author on the study commented, “The tragic COVID-19 pandemic has collateral effects extending beyond direct viral infection. Children and teens struggling with obesity are placed in an unfortunate position of isolation that appears to create an unfavorable environment for maintaining healthy lifestyle behaviors.”

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