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Europe's measles outbreak, lockdown obesity in children

Europe faces a 30-fold increase in measles cases; lockdowns cause a 45% rise in childhood obesity

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[7.0] WHO issues measles warning as yearly cases in Europe rise more than 30-fold — The Guardian

The World Health Organization has issued an urgent warning about a 30-fold rise in measles cases across Europe, with over 30,000 cases reported in 2023 compared to 941 in 2022. Two in five cases were in children aged 1-4, and one in five in people aged 20 and over. The WHO attributes the rise to falling vaccination rates and increased international travel.

[7.0] Lockdowns led to significant increase in childhood obesity rates — The Guardian

A study involving over 1 million children in England revealed a 45% increase in obesity rates among four-to-five-year-olds and a 21% increase among 10-to-11-year-olds during the first year of lockdowns. The surge in childhood obesity during the pandemic could cost the UK over £8bn in additional healthcare spending. Experts emphasize the need for immediate action, especially targeting under-fives, as obesity in older children may be difficult to reverse.

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