In an online seminar held in Lima, Peru, Merck Pharmaceuticals announced that during the COVID pandemic, 60% of adults (33-50 years old) in Latin America gained weight. Yes, this is mainly caused by factors such as anxiety, worries and inconvenience.
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At a conference titled “Obesity, a silent pandemic,” Merck’s regional medical manager Juan Omar Toledo reported that Thanks to a survey conducted by Ipsos in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Peru, They learned that during the coronavirus pandemic, 60% of adults in Latin America gained weight.
In this regard, Toledo commented that although people are accustomed to leading a healthy life, “Conclusion” They can bring about change, And the measures taken to combat COVID.
“In many cases, this caused more anxiety and worries, reduced mobility and daily exercise,”He added this situation.
Poor diet related to overweight
Similarly, the regional director of this multinational pharmaceutical company emphasized that there is a close relationship between poor diet and overweight, which is mainly caused by cultural and emotional factors: “The first is related to the habit of celebrating good times around food, and the second is related to those who resort to unhealthy choices in search of happiness in times of anxiety and sadness”.
Peruvian endocrinologist Luis Huarachi said that the treatment of obesity should be considered comprehensively From nutrition to behavioral strategies to medication to solve psychological and social problems that affect weight loss in addition to diet and exercise.
“It is important to emphasize that there are some drugs that act on the central nervous system to reduce the desire to eat. These therapies have achieved good results because they allow you to lose weight in a gradual and safe way and maintain the results for a long time.“He finally added.
*Information from EFE