Coronavirus May Contribute to Rising Levels of Obesity

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Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in February, it has caused a number of different problems for all people living in affected countries around the world, which range from uncertainty to other health issues as well. Health professionals have reported many other medical issues that have arisen due to coronavirus, including the rising levels of obesity.

Prior to the health crisis, there were also many other widespread problems in the world. At the moment, the medical community and news have been focused solely on the current pandemic. While controlling the public health issue is important to stop any further issues in the future, experts agree that it is overshadowing many other threats to public health.

For instance, obesity is one of the most commonly diagnosed health conditions in the US as well as in other countries around the world. The present medical literature has linked an increase in cases of obesity to the unhealthy Western diets and prevalence of sedentary lifestyles.

Not only can obesity itself be difficult to control but it may also lead to other long-term health issues including metabolic disorders such as diabetes type 2 and heart disease in people. In fact, the condition is also almost always a factor in cardiovascular events such as stroke or heart attack.

Therefore, it is important to treat obesity at an early stage to avoid the development of any health conditions in the future. To do this, there have been many campaigns and initiatives to raise awareness regarding the rising levels of obesity in all countries around the world.

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However, the progress made over the health condition could soon be lost due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the lives of people. During the lockdown, many had reported difficulties with managing weight due to spending an increased amount of time at home.

Even now that the lockdown is over, many of the restrictions remain and the fear of contracting the infection can keep many people from engaging in activities that may have helped them manage their condition such as going to the gym and even seeking professional help when experiencing difficulties.

The majority may end up gaining more weight and making their health issue worse as most consume more unhealthy food while working from home or even just out of boredom. A poor and high caloric diet combined with a lack of exercise and coping mechanisms can worsen the problem of obesity.

To control the rising levels of obesity, experts suggest people who are struggling with weight gain issues to not skip any medical appointments and get help whenever needed.

In addition, since people struggling with a health condition are likely to also experience more mental health disorders, getting mental health checkups is also a good idea.

One of the best ways to deal with both obesity and mental health problems is by staying in touch with relatives and friends in order to stay motivated and get help with any difficulties in the form of mental support.

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