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57 Percent of Americans Gained Weight During the Pandemic - How To Cope and Talk to Doctor

57 Percent of Americans Gained Weight During the Pandemic – How To Cope and Talk to Doctor

 

 

If you put on some extra pounds during the pandemic, you’re definitely not alone.

 

According to a new Harris Poll, 57% of people report gaining some weight during the pandemic. Of those who gained any weight, nearly 3 in 4 gained 10 or more pounds, and half gained 15 or more pounds.

 

Millions of American adults have obesity or excess weight, placing them at increased risk for serious (and sometimes life-threatening) diseases and health conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, osteoarthritis, and sleep apnea.[i],[ii] Furthermore, obesity places a significant burden on the U.S. healthcare system, with direct and indirect costs estimated at more than $1.7 trillion.[iii]

 

 

More than half of people surveyed said they’re uncomfortable discussing their weight with their doctor. Three of the main reasons for feeling uncomfortable are: feeling embarrassed, feeling guilty, and feeling judged.

 

Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford, an obesity medicine physician scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School joined me to share tips on how to feel more comfortable talking with your doctor, the results of the national survey, and to also talk about the newly-launched “Why Weight: Communicate” healthy weight educational initiative.

 

 

 

MORE ABOUT DR. STANFORD:

 


Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA, MBA, FAAP, FACP, FAHA, FTOS is a renowned obesity medicine physician scientist, educator, and policy maker at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She is a national and international sought-after expert in obesity medicine who bridges the intersection of medicine, public health, policy, and disparities.

 

 

 

References 

[i] Milken Institute. America’s Obesity Crisis: The Health and Economic Impact of Excess Weight. October 2018. Available at: https://milkeninstitute.org/sites/default/files/reports-pdf/Mi-Americas-Obesity-Crisis-WEB.pdf. Accessed: January 19, 2021.

[ii] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Health Effects of Overweight and Obesity. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/effects/index.html. Accessed January 19, 2021.

[iii] Milken Institute. America’s Obesity Crisis: The Health and Economic Impact of Excess Weight. October 2018. Available at: https://milkeninstitute.org/sites/default/files/reports-pdf/Mi-Americas-Obesity-Crisis-WEB.pdf. Accessed: January 19, 2021. 

 

Makeba Giles is a Digital Content Producer and founder of Faith Health and Home, a digital space with information and resources for physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being to help families live an inspired lifestyle.

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