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Why we got fat­ter dur­ing lock­down

- By Health Re­porter Health · Lifestyle · Healthy Living · Slimming World

TWO-THIRDS of adults strug­gled to keep their weight down dur­ing lock­down as bore­dom and stress trig­gered com­fort eat­ing, re­search sug­gests.

Bri­tons found it more dif­fi­cult to get to the shops for healthy foods, snacked due to bore­dom, re­sorted to com­fort foods as a re­sult of stress and ex­er­cised less, a sur­vey of 800 adults found.

The re­port said: ‘A num­ber re­ported snack­ing more fre­quently on un­healthy foods due to bore­dom, be­ing at home and be­ing out of a nor­mal rou­tine or lack of struc­ture to the day. Be­ing at home dur­ing the day with chil­dren who are snack­ing was men­tioned as in­creas­ing temp­ta­tion to join in with snacks.’

The study in­cluded 222 Slim­ming World mem­bers. Sim­i­lar pro­por­tions be­tween the two groups – 65 per cent among non-mem­bers and 59 per cent of mem­bers – ad­mit­ted find­ing man­ag­ing their weight in lock­down ‘very’ or ‘some­what dif­fi­cult’.

Study lead au­thor Dr Sarah-El­iz­a­beth Ben­nett said: ‘Lock­down in­evitably had an ef­fect on our choices around food, drink and ac­tiv­ity.’ Tam Fry, of the Na­tional Obe­sity Fo­rum, said: ‘This re­port is wel­come and con­firms the ef­fect of two fac­tors not im­me­di­ately as­so­ci­ated with obe­sity – worry and anx­i­ety. Both give rise to com­fort eat­ing and snack­ing.’

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