Cynthia M. Allen: With rising obesity rates, kids are paying the price for short-sighted COVID policies

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Fort Worth Star-Telegram

FORT WORTH, Texas — When the story of the COVID-19 pandemic is written, it will need to include several chapters — perhaps several volumes — about the unintended consequences of our actions taken in response. From how closing schools to stem viral spread has resulted in significant and serious learning loss, particularly for the most vulnerable student populations; to how paranoia about kids contracting COVID has actually exacerbated the strain on medical resources by overrunning some emergency rooms with nonemergency patients; and how noble lies about mask use and natural immunity have furthe…

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