Got COVID-30? Most Americans Have Gained Weight During the Pandemic

Have you gained weight during the pandemic? You’re not alone. I think we can all agree that getting back to (some) normalcy will feel incredibly refreshing, part of which may include ditching some unwanted pounds.

The last year has taken quite a toll on our physical health and wellness.

The most common issues of lockdown for many Americans have been an increase in drinking alcohol and unwanted changes in sleeping habits. The most frequently reported, however, has been unwanted weight gain. Stress during the pandemic has been high causing people to unintentionally gain (or, in some cases, lose) weight. 

In fact, a survey conducted by The American Psychological Association found that the majority of people, (61%!) said they experienced changes to their weight. The same survey found that of American adults, the average amount of undesired weight gained during the pandemic was 29 pounds, with 10% gaining more than 50 pounds. 

The consequences of weight gain on overall health are numerous, including putting people at a higher risk for serious illness from coronavirus. The additional risks associated with being overweight include higher mortality rates, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and more; not to mention you probably just don’t feel good. 

Our approach to medicine is that it must be comprehensive and transformative. Medical weight loss at Marshall Lifestyle Medicine is complete, involves a total lifestyle change, and includes 24/7 access to a physician, health coaching, supplements, medications, personal training, and more. We define Medical Fitness as a fusion of fitness and healthcare. Our programs incorporate not only physician-guided weight loss but also membership to M Club Fit—because that’s what works!

While many Americans will continue to carry around the weight of the pandemic, we KNOW that losing the COVID-30 is paramount to moving forward to a healthier year in every way. And we’re ready to help You! 

To schedule a free virtual or in-person consultation, visit or call (859) 554-8486. 


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