Although the consequences of the epidemic on people’s general well-being are beginning to be seen more frequently in medical consultations, it is also remarkable how much awareness has been raised about the need to inculcate healthy habits that include aspects of diet, physical activity and stress. Also search for leisure activities to reduce
,Both local and global studies agree that more than 60% of people gained weight compared to pre-pandemic as a result of the “emotional eating” associated with reduced physical activity, increased alcohol consumption, and stress. Other variables also had an effect, such as sleep disturbances and changes in habits and routines.”, explains Dr. Pamela Szalen, specialist in nutrition and general and family medicine.
And he points out that during the pandemic, those who were already overweight were the people most affected.
is that obesity brings endless health problems in the short, medium and long term, such as: Cardiometabolic and/or renal changes; increased risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, pain, joint problems; or suffer consequences in sexual and reproductive health.
Tips for making the switch
Among the main recommendations Dr. Szalen mentions improving health and generating wellness is through meal planning (including shopping, schedules, menus), eating a healthy diet including vegetables and fruits, and avoiding processed and ultra-processed foods.
In turn, it is essential to plan as far as possible a physical activity and a recreational activity that the person enjoys. It will help manage stress and will also improve sleep and relaxation.
According to the expert,Physical activity strengthens muscles and reduces body fat, thus helping to reduce the chances of suffering from heart diseases. In turn, insulin sensitivity is increased and this reduces the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol. Plus, the release of endorphins reduces the risk of suffering from depression.”
On the other hand, he points out that from his experience, patients are more attentive to taking care of their health than they were pre-pandemic.
,COVID-19 sparked a new trend, reinforced by the possibility of taking all kinds of gyms or yoga classes via streaming, for example“, Doctor. Szalen emphasized.