The Pandemic And Your Weight￼
Did you gain weight during the first year of the Covid 19 pandemic? A new study has shown that more Americans became obese in 2020 than had been anticipated based on trends from prior years, although many adults were headed in that direction prior to Covid. The latest research from a team at the U.S Department of Agriculture also revealed that adults who gained weight during the pandemic reported snacking more, drinking more alcohol, and eating more than usual in response to pandemic related stress. To make matters worse, many haven’t been as physically active as they were prior to the pandemic.
The new findings come from an analysis of more than 3.5 million U.S. adults aged 20 and older headed by Brandon J. Restrepo, Ph.D., a USDA economist. He reported that the new results “are broadly consistent with what prior studies have found using smaller and less representative samples (and) contribute additional insights that can serve to inform policymakers about the state of the U.S. adult obesity epidemic and obesity-related risk factors.”
Brandon J. Restrepo. “Obesity Prevalence Among U.S. Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” American Journal of Preventive Medicine, April 4, 2022;
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