People with obesity, who often have medical problems such as diabetes, have been struggling to maintain their weight and mental health despite COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. In a recent study in Texas, obese individuals reported high rates of anxiety and depression associated with the lockdown. In this study, more white patients reported increased anxiety compared with other racial and ethnic groups. We know that, in general, people with obesity already have a 25% higher risk of developing mood and anxiety disorders. In addition to mood disorders, this study also found that half of the participants reported an increase in overbuying food, and even more described cooking more often and stress eating. Almost 10% lost their jobs during the pandemic, and 20% said they could not afford a healthy, balanced meal.


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