Obesity-related COVID risk motivates people to eat lose weight

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NEW BEDFORD — Obesity is one of the most dangerous and prevalent health conditions in the nation, increasing the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer and now, severe illness from COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During the pandemic, while cooped up at home, many […]

NEW BEDFORD — Obesity is one of the most dangerous and prevalent health conditions in the nation, increasing the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer and now, severe illness from COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

During the pandemic, while cooped up at home, many have decided to put their health first. Whether by exercising, dieting or just living a healthier lifestyle overall, many Americans have taken significant steps toward improving their health.

Michael Glassman at his healthy meal PlanIt Eats location on Faunce Corner Road in Dartmouth.

“As health care providers, we know obesity is out there and it’s a public health issue, but COVID has made it another level,” said Mikelanne Phaneuf, clinical dietitian at the Southcoast Health Center for Weight Loss. “It brings it out into light as another reason to focus on your health.”

According to the CDC, obese adults face greater risk with COVID-19 including: 

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