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Potential of weight gain during COVID-19 community-wide quarantine


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Abstract

Recently COVID-19 has become a pandemic affecting almost all countries around the world.There is no cure or vaccine available for this disease.The only public health measures available for prevention are isolation, quarantine, and community-wide quarantine. Community-wide quarantine in the pandemic has forced people to stay indoors which has the potential to cause weight gain (similar to holiday weight gain) due to availability of food, staying at home, emotional distress, lack of physical activity, increased cortisol levels, and altered sleep. Fourth-generation theory-based approaches for preventing weight gain promoting home-based physical activity and healthy eating through online educational programs delivered through schools, worksites and social media online forums are recommended.

Keywords

weight gain, respiratory system, pneumonia, children

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