Obesity is a risk factor for severe illness and death from COVID-19. Obesity is also a pandemic itself, and the result of living in food environments where it is difficult not to consume too many calories. During the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increase in food poverty. Also, panic buying may have limited shoppers’ access to fresh foods, so many people increased their consumption of foods harmful to health, such as packaged and processed food high in salt, sugar, and fat. Moreover, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the food industry has launched campaigns using the outbreak as a marketing opportunity. For example, companies offered healthcare workers pizza, soda and doughnuts. Food industries must immediately stop promoting these unhealthy foods and drinks. In addition, governments should prohibit packaging that disguises unhealthy food as healthy and natural.
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