During the Pandemic, Indonesian Children Tend to Mager and Lack of Sun Exposure


JAKARTA – Time pandemic Covid-19 have an effect on children’s health. Children tend to be lazy to move. According to a study published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information, nearly 33.8 percent of Indonesian children have a sedentary lifestyle.

“This habit is for example by staying silent, rarely exercising, and consuming unhealthy food and drinks in excess,” explained the official report received by MNC Portal, recently.

If this lazy habit is allowed, it will affect behavior and behavior child health in the future. Therefore, it is important for parents to continue to encourage their children to stay active and build healthy habits, including choosing the foods and drinks they consume every day.

Apart from being lazy, Indonesian children during the Covid-19 pandemic are also known to have very low exposure to sunlight. This makes many children vulnerable to vitamin D3 deficiency, even though this is quite important in maintaining body immunity during a pandemic.

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“During the pandemic, there are 3 health problems that are often encountered in children, especially at elementary school age, including low exposure to sunlight so that children will be susceptible to vitamin D3 deficiency, lack of movement so they are at risk of being overweight, and consuming snacks that lack protein, vitamins and minerals. , and minerals,” said nutritionist Doctor Rita Ramayulis, DCN, M.Kes, in her official statement, Monday (26/7/2021).

This condition, according to Dr. Rita, is very worrying, considering that protein and vitamin D3 deficiency is one of the causes of decreased immunity, so children are easily exposed to dangerous viruses, including SARS-CoV2 which causes Covid-19.

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The solution that Dr. Rita is trying to offer is that in addition to consuming balanced nutritious food and drinks, then being active, and getting enough sun exposure, you as a parent must also be wise and smart in choosing additional intake or snacks rich in protein and vitamin D.

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“This additional intake or healthy snacks is an important solution that can be done. As a source of intake that is rich in protein and a source of vitamin D, milk provides the benefits that the child’s body needs to be able to survive in a pandemic situation like now,” he added.



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