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Yes, Many of Us Are Stress-Eating and Gaining Weight in the Pandemic

Yes, Many of Us Are Stress-Eating and Gaining Weight in the Pandemic

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A shift in our health behaviors

A shift in our health behaviors

  • Researchers found the pandemic and resulting lockdowns caused people worldwide to change their health behaviours, cut back on physical activity and eat more comfort foods. Anxiety levels increased while sleep became disrupted.
  • The researchers also found that most people became more sedentary and gave in to their food cravings, such as sugary snack foods. People classified as obese gained more weight and had the largest declines in physical activity.

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Healthy eating during a global crisis

Researchers found some people actually lost weight during the pandemic. They increased their physical activity levels and improved their diets.

Lockdown prompted people to prepare more food at home. Despite snacking on more junk foods, they showed an increase in their "healthy eating scores," a measure of their overall diet quality, including eating more fruits.

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Mental wellness during the pandemic

People reported significantly higher anxiety levels during lockdown. About 20 percent said their symptoms, such as experiencing dread and feeling unable to control or stop their worrying, were sever enough to interfere with their daily activities.

People reported that their sleep worsened during the pandemic. Only 10 percent of people said their sleep had improved.

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Being aware of our health behaviors

This is a good time to assess the healthy habits we let slip and to find new ways to be proactive about our physical and mental health.

Being aware of how our health behaviors changed during the stay-at-home orders could help us prevent it if another lockdown is enforced.

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