Expert suggests not to fret if you’ve gained weight during pandemic

By KYW Newsradio 1060
CAMDEN, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — We’ve been cooped up for two months now by this pandemic. Some of us have turned to comfort food to ease the stress, maybe a little too much comfort food. A local psychology professor suggests not to worry a lot about that right now.

Charlotte Markey specializes in eating-related behaviors and body image out of Rutgers-Camden. She says a lot of people may be feeling guilty about indulging these days. Her advice? Lighten up a little.

“This will pass,” she told KYW Newsradio. “We can go back to the gym. We can go back to other eating habits. Maybe just eat a little extra cake now and call it a day.”

Now that’s not an excuse to wolf down an entire cake. Just consider what the world is going through with COVID-19.

“This is a really stressful time,” she added. “So there’s really no reason to go to extremes in terms of what we’re eating. It makes much more sense to be kinder to ourselves, to be kind to each other, to enjoy food with family and friends as one of the few things many of us really can enjoy right now.”

Markey says a lot of us could become victims of fat shaming, if we’re not careful. Young girls in particular. It’s hard enough to deal with those pressures in normal daily living. Throw the virus into the emotional equation, and some may find it impossible to cope.

At times like this, Markey suggests it’s ok, even healthy to treat yourself. So long as you don’t overdo it.