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Coronavirus Lockdown Leads to Double-Digit Weight Gain for Americans

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The continuance of staying at home led to serious weight gain of up to 16 pounds for 76 percent of Americans. This finding has been reported by a new study commissioned by Nutrisystem.

Fox Business reported that another 63 percent of adults in the U.S. “admitted they are now prioritizing post-quarantine weight loss to counteract the dietary choices they have made during the coronavirus lockdowns, which began in mid-March.”

More than this, 42 percent of Americans have been struggling to stay active and maintain a consistent meal schedule. Thirty-four percent have a hard time staying motivated as they work from home.

Prior to the pandemic, the obesity rate in the U.S. was 42.4 percent. This is according to an updated CDC Adult Obesity Facts page. It cites data from its National Center for Health Statistics brief.

Recent estimates from the National League of Cities say the annual medical cost of obesity-related illness emerged to $190.2 billion in 2012. Also, according to its report, it will cost the U.S. around $549.5 billion in the next twenty years. This will happen if the obesity levels in the country stay the same.

“The direct and additional hidden costs of obesity are stifling businesses and organizations that stimulate jobs and growth in U.S. cities. In the 10 cities with the highest obesity rates, the direct costs connected with obesity and obesity-related diseases are roughly $50 million per 100,000 residents,” the National League of Cities reported.

“If these 10 cities cut their obesity rates down to the national average, the combined savings to their communities would be $500 million in health care costs each year,” it then added.

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