The pandemic made us fat

A study conducted in fifty countries reveals that the confinement and stress linked to the coronavirus pandemic have caused a relaxation of good eating habits. As a result, junk food reappeared in homes while a sedentary lifestyle did the rest to add pounds to the silhouettes.

This is obviously not the case for everyone, but in the western sphere, the Covid-19 pandemic has rounded the waistlines and added kilos to our silhouettes, comment on New York Times who took over a study published by the American magazine Obesity and conducted by a biomedical research center in Pennington, Louisiana.

“We fed our soul rather than our body”, sums up Stephen Loy, a Louisiana resident cited by the New York Times.

This 49-year-old senior manager of a high-tech incubator explains that before the emergence of the pandemic last March, he played sports regularly and was very careful to keep a healthy diet and prepare babies. balanced dishes for the whole family.

But the stress caused by the pandemic turned everything upside down and the whole tribe gave up vegetables in favor of fats, fried foods and sugary snacks. “We wanted to have fun”, He says.

To let it go

Nearly 8,000 adults around the world were interviewed for this study, spread over 50 countries despite having involved a majority of Americans, Canadians, Britons and Australians. The findings are the same everywhere:

The coronavirus pandemic and the lockdowns it brought about have changed health preservation behaviors, pushing people around the world to quit physical activity and pour into junk food. ”

The forced sedentary lifestyle of confinement and the suppression of social relations are not, far from it, the only explanations. All the certainties, all the comforts have vanished, instability has crept into lives that had been reasonably reassuring until then.

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Huge stress

The researchers point out especially the enormous stress and the anxiety related to this uncontrollable virus throughout these last months, being able to encourage to “compensate” by a food which satisfies immediately, like the sugar and the fats.

The New York Times underlines how, for example, the prospect or the stultifying reality of the unemployment generated by this health crisis has also taken the sleep of many people, accentuating the anxiety and the temptation to grab a candy bar.

The study points out that, on the contrary, 17% of those questioned lost weight: according to the researchers, these are individuals who, during confinement, have redoubled their attention and increased their physical expenditure and their vigilance over food, as a preventive measure.

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