Kari Schoen, RDN
Kari is a Registered Dietitian accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is currently practicing in cardiology, oncology, kidney and liver transplant, and general wellness with Denver area hospitals and providers.
Ever hear of the term "Freshman 15"? This is an informal term which refers to the average amount of a weight many new college students gain in their first year of school. The quarantine 15 is a similar concept...15 pounds in the first year of a pandemic! While this is not technically an actual medical term, this weight gain phenomenon is the most common complaint I hear from patients, friends, and co-workers. It's not surprising. Our lives have been disrupted in major ways, which means normal routines have changed including eating and exercising patterns.
Although studies on the impact of COVID 19 on weight gain or weight loss are just starting, it appears that for many, this is a real concept. According to Yale Medicine, this year is especially challenging for people who struggle with their weight. John Morton, MD, MPH, MHA, medical director of bariatric surgery at Yale New Haven Health System, says he has seen patients in telehealth appointments who have gained five, 10, and even 30 pounds.
Why is this happening?
What can I do about it?
Here are some recommendations to get you back on track.
> Infant (4-11 months): 12-15 hours > Young Adult (18-25 years): 7-9 hours
> Toddler (1-2 years): 11-14 hours > Adult (26-64 years): 7-9 hours
> Preschool (3-5 years): 10-13 hours > Older Adult (65 and older): 7-8 hours
> School-age (6-13 years): 9-11 hours
The Sodexo Wellness and Nutrition team of registered dietitians will be posting regular health tips to keep you and your families healthy during these trying times. We will focus on the areas that the CDC and other health experts are recognizing as special areas of importance to stay well. We encourage you to share these tips on nutrition, physical activity, stress management, sleep, food safety and overall well being with your loved ones. Remember, a strong body has a much better chance of fighting off this microscopic enemy.