Author Interviews, COVID -19 Coronavirus, Occupational Health, Weight Research / 01.08.2021
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Jeff Ruby, JD, MBA, Founder and Chief Executive Officer Leonard Fensterheim, MPH Vice President of Analytics MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are common weight-change findings during the pandemic?
- Obesity has been linked to increased risk of serious complications and the need for costly medical utilization which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Effective interventions to support weight loss and development of healthy habits during the COVID-19 pandemic are important with the increase of imposed restrictions impacting healthy lifestyles.
- With the closing of gyms, the complete disruption of daily lives, and the increase of stress, many people have gained weight since the beginning of the pandemic.
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), before the pandemic, about 40% of Americans had obesity in the United States. (https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html)
- According to the American Psychological Association, 42% of U.S. adults report undesired weight gain, with an average gain of 29 lbs. since the start of the pandemic. (https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/stress/2021/march-weight-change)
- The objective was to evaluate the impact of a guided habit change experience on weight loss during the COVID-19 pandemic (12 months).
- This was a retrospective study that looked at 1436 participants who began participating in the Newtopia experience in early 2020.
- This analysis focused on weight change and was restricted to those participants with a body mass index >
- The percentage of participants with a 4.3% weight reduction after 12 months was assessed. This has been shown to be associated with meaningful reduction in healthcare costs.
- The average weight loss and the percentage BMI decrease was also assessed.
- 52% were female
- Average age was 46.5(±10.6)
- 77% of participants lost weight
- 44% of participants had a weight loss of >3%
- Average weight loss was 4.2% (p<.0001)
- 22% of obese participants dropped a BMI category.