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COVID-19 Pandemic Caused Increased Stress, Weight Gain, Per Surveys

by Pamela Kufahl –

The stress levels and weight of Americans increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a recent survey and study.

Sixty-one percent of Americans experienced undesired weight changes—gains or losses—during the pandemic, according to an American Psychological Association survey, Stress in America, conducted in February.

Forty-two percent gained more weight than they intended with the average weight gain being 29 pounds. Ten percent reported gaining more than 50 pounds during that time.

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