Researchers drew this conclusion from data obtained from a nationwide survey, in which this trend was revealed and researchers found out the reasons behind the weight gain of people worldwide in 2020.
You must have noticed that when COVID-19 started, during the first wave many people became obese while staying at home whereas during the second wave it was very less. Recently, a study was done, in which the root of this matter was found out how people gained weight in the first wave and not in the second. Researchers drew this conclusion from data obtained from a nationwide survey, in which this trend was revealed and researchers found out the reasons behind the weight gain of people worldwide in 2020.
This has been revealed in the findings of the study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Weight gain during the pandemic
Brendon J., Ph.D., a professor in the Washington-based Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, Food Economic Division-Diet, Safety and Health Economic Branch, and lead author of the study, Brendan J. Restrepo says that we found evidence from previous studies that during the pandemic there were changes in diet and other health problems that contributed to the rapid increase in weight during that period. Those who mentioned the problem of weight gain resorted to snacks from time to time and started drinking alcohol.
These factors were responsible
Apart from this, he paid attention to his diet but his physical exercise was found to be very less, which was one of the major reasons for weight gain.
Age, gender, caste, education, household income, marital status, number of children, and other essentials were included in this study.
Obesity increased by 3 percent
According to BRFSS data from 2011 to 2020, data was collected from about 3.5 million people aged 20 years and older in the US. Talking about the rate of obesity, the rate of obesity in 2020 was found to have increased by three percent since March 2020 as compared to 2019.
The study also found that 4 risk factors related to obesity were seen to be very high during the Kovid epidemic, including:
2-change in sleeping hours
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The highest of these four factors was found to be not exercising, with a rate of about 4.4 percent, while the change in sleep hours was disturbed by 1.5 percent of people. Apart from this, there was an increase of 2.7 percent in the rate of alcohol consumption, although the rate of cigarette smoking was found to decrease by 4 percent.