A recent survey revealed that, as lockdowns from the COVID-19 pandemic are being lifted, 49% of Americans are worried about their weight, with an average of five pounds weight gain during the quarantine. In this survey, 65% of respondents have taken time off from their usual exercise routine to “let themselves go a bit.” The survey also found that 49% of the respondents were concerned that they may never regain their pre-quarantine look and weight. During the lockdown, alcohol consumption also increased along with more consumption of refined carbohydrates such as pasta, white bread, and pastries. Nevertheless, more than half of respondents made efforts to eat more vegetables, and 46% also increased their protein consumption. Exercise has been challenging during the COVID-19 pandemic, with 2 out of 3 respondents reporting “feeling physically weak.” Technology can help, and in this survey, 46% of people were exercising with the help of fitness apps, health and exercise websites, live stream workout classes, and pre-taped fitness videos. Given the evidence of who has been at greatest risk from COVID-19, more emphasis needs to be given to improving personal health, especially given the potential risk from a second wave.
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