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Pandemic pounds plague children and teenagers

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With more time indoors, less things to do and the same amount to eat, it’s reasonable to be one of the many Americans wondering if their waistline has grown this past year.

While the early indicators about the nation at large remain unclear, a national trend of increased obesity in children and teenagers appears to have emerged.

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Blake Besel, 6, keeps active at the Boys and Girls Club while playing on outdoor playground equipment last week. With more kids staying indoors during the pandemic, experts say a national trend of increased obesity has emerged.

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Devin Helgoe, 9, hangs out with his buddies while playing on outdoor playground equipment October 8 at the Boys and Girls Club. With more kids staying indoors during the pandemic, experts say a national trend of increased obesity has emerged.

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Hunter West, 7, flips himself around the playground at the Boys and Girls Club.

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Jason Langevin, 8, hangs out at the Boys and Girls Club October 8.

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Hunter West, 7, hangs upside down while playing with friends at the Boys and Girls Club October 8.

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