Pandemic stress causes weight gain

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If you noticed that the scale has been creeping upward over the last year, you are not alone.

Pandemic pounds are showing up across the country, as COVID-19 takes its toll on Americans’ waistlines. An American Psychological Association survey finds nearly two-thirds of us had an undesired weight change in the last year. (61% undesired weight change). Some people lost weight, but more of them, as many as 42 percent, gained an average of nearly 30 pounds.

“(People are) feeling like they just don’t care as much. It’s harder to be able to get out there and do things. Yes, that is coming up more than normal,” said Dr. Michelle Moore, a Psychologist at LSU Health Sciences Center.If you noticed that the scale has been creeping upward over the last year, you are not alone.

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