Obesity and Your Health
Losing Weight May Be the Most Important Thing You Can Do For Your Health
Have You Gained the COVID-19 Pounds?
Spring and Summer 2020 Reports
A recent report by Nutrisystem revealed that 76% of Americans have gained up to 16 pounds since the lock down began in mid-March. Ok, so while it's more like the Quarantine 15 pounds than the COVID-19 pounds, this number is concerning.
A poll published by WebMD on May 19 showed 51% of respondents reported gaining between 7 and 21 pounds - in just a little over two months!
“That’s a significant amount of weight gain in a relatively short period of time. Obviously, obesity and overweight were already a significant issue and it appears, as a country, we may have recently gotten heavier -- and unhealthier,” said said WebMD's chief medical director Michael Smith, M.D.
While we all know that eating more unhealthy foods, or even just eating more food in general, is unhealthy for us, we're prone to justify it right now with the stress many are feeling.
“We’re turning to comfort foods to help ourselves feel better, but in reality, not only does it not help ease the stress and anxiety, it likely worsens it as people just don’t feel as good when eating high-fat, high-carb foods like many of us are turning to,” Smith said.
Smith concluded, "Hopefully as the ‘new normal’ is settling in, people can now find the motivation to get back to a more regular schedule, reach for more healthy foods, and look for opportunities to incorporate more activity throughout their day."
COVID-19 More Severe in the Obese
May 6, 2020 Report
The article states, "Early data seems to suggest that people with obesity are more likely to become severely ill due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus."
It goes on to say, "An increasing number of reports have linked obesity to coronavirus mortality, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now list severe obesity as a risk factor for severe COVID-19. The CDC define severe obesity as having a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above."
Respiratory issues and elevated glucose levels are two predisposing risk factors found in the obese that may be contributing factors to a more severe infection.
Just one more reason why it's so important to be at a healthy weight!
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