When we were young, we were always told by our parents to go outdoors and play under the sun as we needed to move and stretch muscles for our growth. As we grow older, we were told to spend thirty to sixty minutes exercising every day but of course, the circumstances are not the same as when we were children. Now that we are adults, we work in the office, or at home, we have responsibilities, and things to do so we may find it difficult to find time for physical exercise after a day of facing a computer… But that is where the problem begins. 

Obesity is now being blamed for COVID-19 fatalities, focusing attention on nations like Malta, Iceland, and the United Kingdom, which are fighting the most to keep their populations fit. Obesity, caused by overeating and a sedentary lifestyle, is on the rise in Europe, with far 

more than 50 % of the population obese, as per the World Health Organisation. 

The limited exercise and the restriction of physical activity-promoting facilities like fitness centers, parks, playgrounds, and community weight-loss programmes also contributes to weight gain and a greater likelihood of metabolic disorders. Also, since the pandemic is boosting people’s reliance on ultra-processed, shelf-stable foods and canned goods. Sodium, fat, and sugar levels in such items are frequently higher than the daily recommendations. The correlation between reduced physical activity and increased intake of foods and drinks that surpass individual energy requirements raises the risk of obesity.

Is obesity on the rise? Yes, People have been fighting obesity for many decades now but there has been a steep increase in numbers as we experience the lockdowns. By being aware of the factors that contribute to obesity, what do you think we can and will do to stop this?