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(CBSDFW.COM) – Researchers are finding yet another side effect of the pandemic: rising obesity rates in children.

A new study published in Pediatrics found about a 2% uptick.

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“You think two percent doesn’t sound like a lot, but it is a lot,” said Dr.

Niraj Mehta with Helical Health. “It’s over a short period of time and in children. It’s going to affect them for the rest of their lives.”

While obesity has been serious problem in the United States for years, Mehta said the pandemic is making it even worse.

“There are so many things from diabetes and heart disease, high blood pressure, to different types of cancer that are associated with obesity,” he told CBS 11 News.

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The new study found rising rates across all age groups, but the most affected were kids between the ages of five and nine.

“Oftentimes in clinical we see kids gain weight over the summer, and then their routine comes back in September, and they can kind of level off a little bit,” said Mikie Rangel, a clinical dietician with Children’s Health.

However, because of the extended time off, Rangel said it’s more like kids have been on a perpetual summer break. She said lack of structure and lack of exercise are two big factors. For parents, she suggested rethinking meals and snacks.

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“When you’re offering a meal, when you’re offering a snack, make sure that there’s at least one choice that you and your child will eat,” she said. “Make sure all the choices are healthy.”

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COVID-19: Connecticut Teacher Who Helped Families During Pandemic Now Owes Thousands In Taxes

A 27-year-old teacher who helped his New England neighbors by going to the grocery store for them during the COVID-19 pandemic is now facing a hefty tax bill.

But when Louis Goffinet, who teaches at a middle school in Mansfield, Connecticut, raised over $40,000 on Facebook, he got slapped with a $16,000 tax bill, according to a report in the Hartford Courant.

After Goffinet started to seek funds, he wound up spending his own money because some people needed financial help, the report said.

After raising $41,000 through two Facebook fundraisers, he received a 1099 form from Facebook saying he owed $16,031 in income tax, according to the report.

“When I think about the mental spot I was in at the end of January, coming off a second fundraiser that was quite a lot of work — busy weekends coordinating Thanksgiving, holiday gifts — to get what I perceived as a bill in the mail for $16,000 was just shocking," Goffinet told The Courant. “It’s such a big amount. It’s not like I can say, ‘Oh, for the next month or two, I’ll dial down my expenses and I’ll save $16,000.’ "

Click here to read the Hartford Courant report.

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