The pandemic has worsened the obesity epidemic in the United States.

COVID-19 has exacerbated the country’s obesity epidemic, according to a new report.

By 2020, sixteen states have a margin of overweight or more than 35%, compared to 12 states last year. The changing number may be related to coronavirus infection, which “disrupts eating habits, worsens food levels, impairs exercise and creates a lot of stress,” according to a report from the American Health Trust.

Since the onset of this pandemic, 42% of adults in the U.S. have reported unwanted weight, as Harris Poll did in February 2021. U.S. adults report gaining an average of 29 lbs.

People struggling with obesity, with a body mass index of 30 or more, are at high risk for many diseases, including heart disease and stroke, two of the leading causes of death in the United States, such as the Earl Center for Disease Control. Control and Prevention. They are also at high risk for coronavirus infection, hospitalization, and death.

Adult obesity in the US topped 40% for the first time in 2017-2018, according to the CDC, increasing from 30.5% in 1999-2000.

But some states are bigger than others.

Mississippi has a high obesity rate for 2020, at 39.7%, according to the report, which uses data from the CDC’s Behavioral Ror Factor Surveillance System. West Virginia (39.1%) and Alabama (39.0%) followed. Four states – Delaware, Iowa, Ohio, and Texas – join a list of people who are 35% or more overweight by 2020. Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Tennessee surround 16 states that met or crossed the line. On the other side of the list, Colorado has the highest percentage of adults in any state, at 24.2%.

“Obesity is a rapidly growing problem in the US and it got worse during COVID-19,” American Health Trust President and CEO J. Nadine Gracia said in a press release. “What is important is the anticipation of changes and safe investment in programs that reduce health inequality and address the social and economic conditions of people’s lives; they are barriers to access to affordable food, health, and exercise.”