Updated: Dec 25, 2021
While the U.S. was preoccupied with Covid-19 over the past 18 months, something catastrophic was brewing in the background.
Let's backtrack a little.
Before the pandemic, the U.S. wasn't exactly considered the epitome of health. Look at this map comparing obesity rates in 1990 and 2018.
The CDC has considered obesity an epidemic since 2011. When looking at the numbers, it's clear that we have a serious health problem in this country.
Shortly after the first lockdown in March 2020, I started getting concerned. Of course, there was the fear of the actual virus and the uncertainty of my business. But there was something else.
I began thinking about the long-term consequences of being locked down in a society that already struggles with resisting the unhealthy temptations of modern life.
Will being stuck at home make us more sedentary?
Will a heightened sense of anxiety lead to overconsumption of sugary/fatty foods?
Will alcohol abuse increase?
Will lack of social connection lead to mental health problems?
Worst of all, will being in a constant state of fear exacerbate all of the above?
Well, the data is in.
Despite many of your friends impulsively buying a Peloton, adults in the U.S. gained an average of 29 lbs since the start of the pandemic.