Look at Millennials. The freak-out generation really packed it on in self-imposed lockdown.

Let’s remember that obesity is the second most important risk factor for COVID after age.

9 thoughts on “COVID Fat

  1. I know I definitely gained undesired weight, and I work as a fitness instructor – not a good look, but my options and choices have been limited when it comes to exercise and food.
    The worst thing is – gaining weight is easy and quick, losing it is the difficult and long part.
    But it’s selfish of me to want lockdown to be ended so I can look after my own health. I bet when the lockdown ends, all the people who wanted me to stay home will come together to help me lose every pound…. no wait, I’ll be on my own, because its my health and I’m responsible for it.


  2. Ah, Clarissa, your on-screen graphics are always a bit too small for my “OLDER ADULTS” eyes to see clearly, even with the best dime-store reading glasses! But when I copy and enlarge tonight’s specific “COVID Fat” scale, I can see enough to tell that those of us in the obviously intelligent age 75+ group have fared the best overall in the “gain/lose” undesirable weight change category.

    I’ve never been married, never had a family, never had a weight problem, and so have never felt the need to buy a set of home weight scales.

    But today, after almost exactly a full year of quarantining (ordering produce for home delivery from the local supermarket; ordering meat, chicken, and fish from Omaha Steaks; ordering drinkable bottled water from the local Walmart), doing almost ALL of my home cooking in my George Foreman Grill, conventional oven, stove top, or microwave (Yes, I occasionally cheat and make a quick trip though the drive-thru at the neighborhood McDonalds’ and Arby’s) — paired with my thrice-weekly heavy-duty aerobic exercise workouts on my indestructible commercial level home exercise machine —

    I don’t know exactly what my current weight is, but my clothes have neither gotten tighter nor looser, and my 32″ belt still buckles on the same hole as it did in March 2020.

    So in all due modesty I think I’m doing things right. 🙂


      1. This is a link to the actual survey by the APA : One year on: Unhealthy weight gains, increased drinking reported by Americans coping with pandemic stress There are links to the actual graphics which are nice and big if you don’t know how to enlarge text and images in your browser.

        APA’s survey of U.S. adults, conducted in late February 2021 by The Harris Poll, shows that a majority of adults (61%) experienced undesired weight changes – weight gain or loss – since the pandemic started, with 42% reporting they gained more weight than they intended. Of those, they gained an average of 29 pounds (the median amount gained was 15 pounds) and 10% said they gained more than 50 pounds, the poll found. Such changes come with significant health risks, including higher vulnerability to serious illness from the coronavirus. For the 18% of Americans who said they lost more weight than they wanted to, the average amount of weight lost was 26 pounds (median amount lost was 12 pounds). Adults also reported unwanted changes in sleep and increased alcohol consumption. Two in 3 (67%) said they have been sleeping more or less than desired since the pandemic started. Nearly 1 in 4 adults (23%) reported drinking more alcohol to cope with their stress.

        Congratulations to Dreidel on not shrinking or blimping up, sleeping the right amount, or not imbibing more alcohol. Yay! No reader had panic attacks and Clarissa had just the one.
        Denial is great! You should try it all the time.


        1. Let’s say that I gained like an Asian. And only out of solidarity with the Asian community, of course.

          On the positive side, I maybe had 2 drinks total in the entire year 2020. I’m not a drinker, I’m an eater.


          1. // Let’s say that I gained like an Asian.

            Is it an expression? I thought Asian women were stereotyped as thin ones, with narrow bones in contrast to wide-hipped European women.


        1. “Thanks for the readable link!”

          My “thank you” post was SUPPOSED to be nested directly under Just George’s 09:13 post far above on this page! That’s who I was speaking to.

          WordPress has screwed things up yet again!


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