Half of South Africans gained weight during pandemic

Half of South Africans gained weight during the Covid-19 pandemic, with 69% of them now bordering on obese., reported TimesLive (4 May 2021)
According to a national survey (commissioned by Pharma Dynamics) conducted in the past two months among almost 2,000 South African adults:

  • 43% of respondents attributed their change in eating habits to stress and anxiety over what the future holds;

  • 42% said being confined to their homes led to more snacking and impulsive eating;

  • 28% simply ate out of boredom.

  • 45% percent of respondents revealed that lockdown regulations affected their eating and exercise habits for the worse.

  • 44%picked up 2kg-5kg;

  • 15% are 6kg-10kg heavier; and

  • 4% gained an extra 10kg or more.

Nicole Jennings, spokesperson for Pharma Dynamics, said it was clear that lockdown promoted dysfunctional eating and sedentary behaviours, which need to be overturned.

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