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“CBS Mornings” pushed a recent study linking climate change and warmer temperatures to childhood obesity rates in a derided segment on Thursday.
Co-host Nate Burleson presented the study published in the journal “Temperature” that “climate change, especially warmer temperatures, is making our children more inactive and obese.”
Burleson said the study found the children were 30% less “aerobically fit” than their parents and claimed higher temperatures prevented children from exercising outdoors.
Although the segment primarily focuses on climate change, Burleson acknowledged that technology was likely a factor in the rise in childhood obesity.
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“Now look, it’s been a lot warmer and the weather’s been crazy, but I think it’s also got to do with technology, you know. It’s one thing not to go out, but these kids don’t go out because they can stay inside and be on their phones and play video games and be social without having to go out and be social,” Burleson said.
Several Twitter users, however, attacked the segment for emphasizing “climate change” as a driver of childhood obesity without also recognize coronavirus blockages.
“Do you think it could be…no, it couldn’t be. It has to be climate change,” joked Deseret News contributor Bethany Mandel.
Hans Mahncke, co-host of “Truth Over News” on EpochTV, tweeted, “They made the kids fat by closing schools, playgrounds, parks and beaches. Predictably, they are now blaming “climate change”. If there aren’t tough penalties for the fraudsters who pushed the blocks, it will happen again.”
“Climate change? Ffs,” wrote National Review journalist Claude Thompson.
Former Congresswoman Nan Hayworth tweeted: “NO. NO. NO. Many factors contribute to children’s lack of fitness, but climate change is NOT one of them. This is propaganda that CBS, like all “mainstream” media, pushes to scare Americans into accepting government intervention – at all costs!! – against the climate *apocalypse*”
Washington Free Beacon reporter Joe Gabriel Simonson directly attacked CBS Mornings for misrepresenting the study to promote a climate agenda.
“[T]it sounded too crazy, even for left-wing climatologists, so I read the abstract of the study. the authors don’t blame climate change for kids getting fat, but obese kids may have a harder time coping with climate change because obese people don’t fare as well in the heat,” he tweeted. Simonson.
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A study published in the National Library of Medicine in July found that a “significant increase in weight was reported in the majority of subjects,” particularly those with pre-existing weight issues, during the coronavirus shutdowns.
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He concluded: “Data analysis clearly demonstrated the detrimental impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on the body weight and BMI of children and adolescents, with children with pre-existing overweight/obesity being at greater risk of to gain weight.”