A growing number of Americans are reportedly suffering from obesity in the post-pandemic era — failing to return to healthy eating habits.
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The pandemic shed light upon how too many Americans conveniently fell back onto their couches — many failing to return to the gym and a healthy eating routine.
Compared to pre-pandemic times, more Americans are suffering from poor physical and mental health, according to a recent Gallup survey.
While the survey focuses on adults, American youth also struggle with poor health — with an estimated 19.7 percent of American children and teenagers aged 2-19 being obese.
COVID-19 and obesity had a bidirectional relationship, with obesity also worsening the outcome of coronavirus infection.
Differing opinions attribute the obesity epidemic to the growing popularity of ultra-processed foods, sugar-sweetened beverages, or a result of biochemical interference — but most agree that it has become a societal challenge.
As a direct consequence of rising obesity rates, pharmaceutical companies are capitalizing on the explosive demand for new diabetes and weight loss drugs.
“The health effects have practical implications for the U.S. economy… [leading to] greatly enhanced levels of unplanned absenteeism and healthcare utilization (and associated costs),” the report concludes.