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How does Covid-19 affect Obesity epidemic?

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  • kshama2001kshama2001 Member Posts: 22,511 Member Member Posts: 22,511 Member
    ReenieHJ wrote: »
    Haven't read many of the replies and I've never stepped into a gym but I have to tell you, stress eating has gone through the roof about 3 out of every 7 days for me lately. :( Eating is my feel-good drug and I have got to snap out of it pretty soon or I'll be up 20 lbs. :( Along with eating the feeling of 'why bother' is returning. NOT a good combination.

    I started tele-health therapy last week and am finding it very helpful.

    It's Cognitive Behavioral Therapy based, same as this:

    The Beck Diet Solution: Train Your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person

    Can thinking and eating like a thin person be learned, similar to learning to drive or use a computer? Beck (Cognitive Therapy for Challenging Problems) contends so, based on decades of work with patients who have lost pounds and maintained weight through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Beck's six-week program adapts CBT, a therapeutic system developed by Beck's father, Aaron, in the 1960s, to specific challenges faced by yo-yo dieters, including negative thinking, bargaining, emotional eating, bingeing, and eating out. Beck counsels readers day-by-day, introducing new elements (creating advantage response cards, choosing a diet, enlisting a diet coach, making a weight-loss graph) progressively and offering tools to help readers stay focused (writing exercises, to-do lists, ways to counter negative thoughts). There are no eating plans, calorie counts, recipes or exercises; according to Beck, any healthy diet will work if readers learn to think differently about eating and food. Beck's book is like an extended therapy session with a diet coach. (Apr.)
  • kshama2001kshama2001 Member Posts: 22,511 Member Member Posts: 22,511 Member
    lemurcat2 wrote: »
    COGypsy wrote: »
    Theoldguy1 wrote: »
    COGypsy wrote: »
    I'm one of those in an extremely small space. My condo is a one bedroom, just under 700 sq feet. If I push all the furniture in the living room as far back as it will go, I can fit a yoga mat in longways, but can't spread my arms fully out to the sides. I don't really know much about what's on YouTube, but I know that's not enough room for things I used to do in aerobics type classes back in the day. I thought this would be a good time to start C25K or something, but they're predicting 4-6" of snow tomorrow and Friday, so that option seems to have disappeared as well for the time being. Luckily, stress goes right to my stomach, so too many calories has not yet been a concern for me.

    Don't know where you are but in most of the US 4-6 inches of snow this time of year will be gone fast. Do you have anything preventing you from walking if there is a bit of snow on the ground?

    Good luck.

    It mostly depends on whether people get their walks shoveled in a timely fashion. I live in an old neighborhood where most of the sidewalks are broken up and uneven from tree roots and stuff. If it’s snow covered and icy, it’s more treacherous than productive. It’s supposed to snow through Friday, so hopefully it will melt off quickly. I still hate doing it alone. It honestly doesn’t matter if I’m inside or out, it’s the deafening isolation that’s already getting to me.

    Microspikes and Yaktrax are great in snow and ice.

    The usual problem where I live with running on the sidewalks much of the winter is that you get a stretch of pavement followed by a stretch (or even just various patches) of ice followed by perhaps some snow (since people did a bad job shoveling) and so on. I have Yaktrax but haven't really used them since my understanding has been that they wouldn't be good on the pavement parts. Am I wrong? It's late enough in the year that I'm not worried about it (knock on wood), but that ice/pavement/ice/pavement type of condition is the main thing that keeps me from running outside more consistently in the winter.

    I have Microspikes, I've worn them on hikes with snow and intermittent melted out rock. I've walked over plenty of bare ground with them because I'm lazy enough not to keep taking them on and off. It's not ideal, but it's workable. It'll eventually grind them down, but there's a lot of metal so it'll take a very long time. I haven't worn Yaktrax personally, I have a friend that likes hers, that's as much as I can really say.

    I wouldn't want to run in them just because it's more weight on your feet. My friend does it. I was responding because it sounded like people think they can't even go out and walk if there's snow and ice.

    Yes, I do different things in different gear depending on the conditions. Dry, muddy, a little snow, a lot of snow, slushy snow, snoe-showing snoe...

    Drat, I only got to go snow shoeing once this winter :(
  • kshama2001kshama2001 Member Posts: 22,511 Member Member Posts: 22,511 Member
    psychod787 wrote: »
    NovusDies wrote: »
    psychod787 wrote: »
    I think active, diet conscious folks will find ways to eat decent and move. People who don't care, won't. That's just the way it is. Where there is a will, there is a way.

    I don't think it is that simple. Habits are reinforced in repetition and if a person is just starting they may be substantially more vulnerable to a sudden upset in routine. I am fortunate to have 2 years under my belt. I have self-studied quite a bit and been able to put most of my old incorrect thinking aside. My dietary routine is almost rock solid. I face an occasional crack in the dam but it never lasts long.

    Yes. Habits are important. That is why I tell people who ask me for advice, a clean food environment is one of the best things one can do. A quote I love about personal choice.

    A King may move a man, a father may claim a son, but remember that even when those who move you be Kings, or men of power, your soul is in your keeping alone. When you stand before God, you cannot say, "But I was told by others to do thus." Or that, "Virtue was not convenient at the time." This will not suffice. Remember that.

    We can't control what the weather, government, and others do. We can only decide what we do and how we choose to deal with obstacles..

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  • eminatereminater Member Posts: 2,366 Member Member Posts: 2,366 Member
    kshama2001 wrote: »
    I see a LOT more people out jogging and walking in my neighborhood since the stay at home order. I can pretty much tell which ones are normally at the gym by the fact I have never seen them out before and how good a shape they appear to be in. So I suspect folks who are dedicated will find a way!

    Yes, I see a lot more people walking and running on the streets as well.

    joggers are being arrested in my country. Walking and jogging outside for exercise is forbidden.
  • kshama2001kshama2001 Member Posts: 22,511 Member Member Posts: 22,511 Member
    eminater wrote: »
    kshama2001 wrote: »
    I see a LOT more people out jogging and walking in my neighborhood since the stay at home order. I can pretty much tell which ones are normally at the gym by the fact I have never seen them out before and how good a shape they appear to be in. So I suspect folks who are dedicated will find a way!

    Yes, I see a lot more people walking and running on the streets as well.

    joggers are being arrested in my country. Walking and jogging outside for exercise is forbidden.

    What country are you in?
  • JoeyTheWandererJoeyTheWanderer Member Posts: 224 Member Member Posts: 224 Member
    I didn't really have any problem with being active. I set up a budget home gym from day 0. Resistance Bands, Jump Rope, Yoga Mat, Couple Dumbbells and Bodyweight offers a pretty versatile workout. I will likely buy me a pullup/dip tower when I have cash on hand.


    Honestly obesity is often a mental problem as much as physical. If they're going in half booty; then chances are they were going to loose motivation at some point. Of course the boredom from all that extra time; may actually have the opposite effect for some.

    Running is far from the only way to workout. Bodyweight circuits can be a very torturous cardio exercise done right. The basic Squat actually has quite a high MET value. Alternate with jumping jacks/Standing Bicycle Crunches; you could probably burn 100-150 calories in ten minutes.
  • _nikkiwolf__nikkiwolf_ Member Posts: 1,372 Member Member Posts: 1,372 Member
    I'm still doing most of the exercise from before - running and fitnessblender videos. Only climbing is put on hold for now.
    The main change for me is non-exercise activity: I usually get 6000-8000 steps at work. In the home office, it's about 25% of that. And only that much because I have set up hourly reminders to get up and move a few steps. Of course, moving a few steps leads me by the kitchen, so it's easy to grab a quick snack...
    In the first two weeks of home office I gained some weight. I'm paying more attention now, but it takes a while to find a good new balance!

    I can imagine that that has an impact on other people too. If you spend 23+ hours per day inside a little apartment, you might stick to doing exercise an hour a day, but the base activity will likely drop compared to pre-Corona life.
  • lemurcat2lemurcat2 Member Posts: 5,739 Member Member Posts: 5,739 Member
    My cat fetches, but very often he fails to bring the toy back to me 100%, especially after the 3rd or so throw. And then he gets in my face and meows until I give up and look around and find the toy, walk to get it, and then throw it again. And like I said, he never tires of this. The toy was lost for a while, he found it today, and he was been begging me to throw his toy basically all day. I love him, but most of the day (when not playing fetch with him), I was setting him next to my other cat (who was sleeping) and saying "kitty, you need a nap!" Finally now he's sleeping.
  • lynn_glenmontlynn_glenmont Member Posts: 8,369 Member Member Posts: 8,369 Member
    lemurcat2 wrote: »
    My cat fetches, but very often he fails to bring the toy back to me 100%, especially after the 3rd or so throw. And then he gets in my face and meows until I give up and look around and find the toy, walk to get it, and then throw it again. And like I said, he never tires of this. The toy was lost for a while, he found it today, and he was been begging me to throw his toy basically all day. I love him, but most of the day (when not playing fetch with him), I was setting him next to my other cat (who was sleeping) and saying "kitty, you need a nap!" Finally now he's sleeping.


    Wait, @lemurcat2 has a cat? Is this like that crazy Disney thing where Goofy is a dog who talks and wears clothes, and Pluto is a dog that barks and just wears a collar?
  • janejellyrolljanejellyroll Member Posts: 24,044 Member Member Posts: 24,044 Member
    lemurcat2 wrote: »
    My cat fetches, but very often he fails to bring the toy back to me 100%, especially after the 3rd or so throw. And then he gets in my face and meows until I give up and look around and find the toy, walk to get it, and then throw it again. And like I said, he never tires of this. The toy was lost for a while, he found it today, and he was been begging me to throw his toy basically all day. I love him, but most of the day (when not playing fetch with him), I was setting him next to my other cat (who was sleeping) and saying "kitty, you need a nap!" Finally now he's sleeping.


    Wait, @lemurcat2 has a cat? Is this like that crazy Disney thing where Goofy is a dog who talks and wears clothes, and Pluto is a dog that barks and just wears a collar?

    :D
  • lemurcat2lemurcat2 Member Posts: 5,739 Member Member Posts: 5,739 Member
    I gave you an insightful, Lynn. ;-)
  • psychod787psychod787 Member, Premium Posts: 3,771 Member Member, Premium Posts: 3,771 Member
    lemurcat2 wrote: »
    I gave you an insightful, Lynn. ;-)

    Wait. I thought you were a cat.. now I'm all confused...🤔
  • MaggiesanvictoMaggiesanvicto Member Posts: 46 Member Member Posts: 46 Member
    It’s hard to say. If you are talking about obesity as a whole and not just those who are obses and taking steps to change that then I think it would stay the same.

    It may help people who aren’t intentially trying to become healthier as they may be eating out less frequently. I don’t think gyms being closed will make a difference in the epidemic because people aren’t suddenly becoming less active...they are obese because of food choices and lack of activity in their daily lives(if they don’t have any other medical conditions)already.

    I think it may slow down people who were starting to get healthy and who depended on the gym for activity but those who are really dedicated will workout at home. Especially when so many places are offereing at home sessions and youtube has many workouts

    So all this may just keep the levels the same


  • lynn_glenmontlynn_glenmont Member Posts: 8,369 Member Member Posts: 8,369 Member
    lemurcat2 wrote: »
    I gave you an insightful, Lynn. ;-)

    I'm feeling sort of Chance the Gardener -- getting credit for insight over that! :smile:


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  • TonyB0588TonyB0588 Member Posts: 9,224 Member Member Posts: 9,224 Member
    I'm moving less, but i also seem to be eating less, so no difference here.
  • corinasue1143corinasue1143 Member Posts: 4,054 Member Member Posts: 4,054 Member
    I sat in my car in the park today and people watched. I saw people who quite obviously never saw the inside of a gym. I saw gym rats. I saw one woman jogging and people walking and passing her. I saw one woman running, stopping to talk a minute to whoever would talk to her. I saw a boy, 10 or 12, riding his bike, stopping every time he got too close to whoever was in front of him and waiting until the person behind him got close, then riding again. There were lots of people fishing in the tiny lake/pond. Everyone leaving said they didn’t catch anything, but people just kept coming to fish anyway. There were a couple of hard core frisby players.
    Everyone I saw was smiling, happy, cordial to others, keeping distance between people.
    I didn’t see a single mask.
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