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COVID-19 and Weight

With new information surfacing every day, you may be wondering how COVID-19 and weight might be related. Find the answers to some questions you may be asking here to help you move forward with weight management during the pandemic.

COVID-19 and Weight

With new information surfacing every day, you may be wondering how COVID-19 and weight might be related. Find the answers to some questions you may be asking here to help you move forward with weight management during the pandemic.

COVID-19 may have created challenges in daily life, and it’s okay to feel stressed and worried about the current situation. Here is some guidance to help you stay protected and focused on your weight-management journey. 

How could COVID-19 affect you?

Excess weight can have an impact on overall health. When it comes to COVID-19, people with certain underlying medical conditions, including high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity (BMI ≥30), have a higher risk of severe illness from the virus. This means the symptoms they experience might be more serious than those experienced by someone who does not have obesity or other underlying medical conditions. Studies have also shown that people with COVID-19 who have obesity are more likely to need treatment in a hospital. Still, there are steps you can take today to stay safe.

Your TrueWeight® Report

Taking a moment to pause and think about where you are in your weight-management journey can help you find a path forward.

Your personalized TrueWeight® Report can help you set goals based on your history and current lifestyle. You can share your report with your health care provider by printing or emailing it.

Your TrueWeight® Report

Taking a moment to pause and think about where you are in your weight-management journey can help you find a path forward.

Your personalized TrueWeight® Report can help you set goals based on your history and current lifestyle. You can share your report with your health care provider by printing or emailing it.

How can you focus on weight management?

You may be feeling overwhelmed by the ways that social distancing may make it difficult to keep up with a weight-management plan. It is important to focus on what you can do right now to get closer to your long-term goals. Tailoring your routine to the current situation can help you keep up with weight management today and beyond.

Be kind to yourself. If you have had trouble losing weight over the past few months, try not to get discouraged. Instead, focus your efforts on maintaining your current weight. After all, keeping weight off can be just as important as losing it.

Decide which habits you will start, continue, and stop. Have you been reaching for devices before getting out of bed? Commit to taking a 20-minute walk before opening texts or emails in the morning.

Create a diary of your eating habits. Have they changed during your time at home? Schedule mealtimes, and challenge yourself to try a new recipe each week.

Let friends and family know how they can help you stay motivated. You have a better chance of success if you include friends and family in the activities that make up your weight-management routine. Consider joining an online community of people with similar goals to grow your support network.

Start a conversation with your health care provider. By reaching out, you can customize your weight-management plan together so that it works better for you in the current situation.

Be kind to yourself. If you have had trouble losing weight over the past few months, try not to get discouraged. Instead, focus your efforts on maintaining your current weight. After all, keeping weight off can be just as important as losing it.

Decide which habits you will start, continue, and stop. Have you been reaching for devices before getting out of bed? Commit to taking a 20-minute walk before opening texts or emails in the morning.

Create a diary of your eating habits. Have they changed during your time at home? Schedule mealtimes, and challenge yourself to try a new recipe each week.

Let friends and family know how they can help you stay motivated. You have a better chance of success if you include friends and family in the activities that make up your weight-management routine. Consider joining an online community of people with similar goals to grow your support network.

Start a conversation with your health care provider. By reaching out, you can customize your weight-management plan together so that it works better for you in the current situation.

How can you protect yourself?

You might be thinking about how the pandemic can impact weight management. First, take steps to keep yourself safe and healthy so that you can continue along your weight-management journey.

As communities around the country reopen, it’s important to look after your own health and safety. Use the following tips to protect yourself and others:

Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth

Use hand sanitizer or wash your hands often, especially after touching shared items like menus at restaurants

Wear a mask in public places such as the grocery store

Stay away from crowds. Try to avoid doing errands during busy times like your lunch break and right after work

Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth

Use hand sanitizer or wash your hands often, especially after touching shared items like menus at restaurants

Wear a mask in public places such as the grocery store

Stay away from crowds. Try to avoid doing errands during busy times like your lunch break and right after work

Learn more about COVID-19 and tips for staying safe at the CDC website

Understanding your weight
Use this guide to learn about the causes and impacts of excess weight and how you can be part of the solution.

Learn the science
See why it’s so challenging to keep the pounds off and why the same weight-loss approach doesn’t work for everyone.

Every weight-management plan is unique
Explore the multiple treatment options that could help you reach your long-term goals.

Understanding your weight
Use this guide to learn about the causes and impacts of excess weight and how you can be part of the solution.

Learn the science
See why it’s so challenging to keep the pounds off and why the same weight-loss approach doesn’t work for everyone.

Every weight-management plan is unique
Explore the multiple treatment options that could help you reach your long-term goals.

TrueWeight® Report

Get your free, personalized TrueWeight® Report. Answering a few questions about your weight-management history, current lifestyle, and goals is a great way to prepare for a conversation with a health care provider.

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