Since the COVID-19 pandemic was announced in March, many of us have been trying to avoid the COVID-15 — those 15 extra pounds that are likely to creep on with lack of exercise and an abundance of easily reachable snacks.
But coronavirus or not, we should all be striving to be as healthy as possible. That includes maintaining a weight that doesn't put undue stress on our organs, joints, or regulatory systems.
It's estimated that 65.1 million, or 67.2 percent, American men age 20 or older are overweight. For American women age 20 or older, 64.5 million, or 61.9 percent, tick that overweight box.
Altogether, that means about one-third of U.S. adults are obese, and therefore much more susceptible to obesity-related conditions such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer — the leading causes of death.
Afraid you might be among these statistics? Methodist Health System has a simple online quiz that only takes seven minutes to complete.
While taking it, you can learn:
- The healthy way to lose weight (and how many calories one pound is equivalent to)
- Early warning signs of diabetes (they're often milder than you might expect)
- What your critical health numbers are (and how to keep them in check)
- The signs of sleep apnea (and the dangers of leaving it untreated)
Once you take Methodist Health System's free risk assessment, you can opt to receive a personalized report with information about your health, periodic health-related emails, and a free screening and consultation by a certified clinician.