Covid blockades “did NOT make us fat,” says the study

Covid blockades “did NOT make us fat”: Scientists say we got chubby as usual (and that we accumulated TRIPLE the amount in a year before the virus hit)

  • A US study of 100,000 adults found that the block did not lead to a protruding waistline
  • As people gained weight, it was similar or less than a normal year
  • Overeating and lack of exercise during the block had fueled fears of a spike in obesity

Covid blockades didn’t make us fat, researchers now say.

Instead, academics say society’s life may have swelled less than expected during the pandemic.

In the year before the virus hit, people gained an average of 280 g (9.9 ounces).

But adults only gained an extra 90 g (3.2 ounces) during Covid’s first twelve months, the study suggested.

Experts say their findings, based on 100,000 people in the United States, dismiss concerns that the shutdown orders have only worsened the obesity crisis.

Obesity rates have soared in recent decades due to junk food diets and sedentary lifestyles.

There were fears related to blocking comfort in eating and staying home orders leading to a lack of exercise leading to a swollen waistline, but a new study found that while we gained weight during the pandemic it was no greater. of the previous year (archive image)

Rising levels of obesity among children triggers a 50% increase in the number of type 2 diabetics

The soaring levels of childhood obesity have resulted in a huge increase in the number of type 2 diabetics, according to a charity.

The number of children being treated in pediatric diabetes units in England and Wales rose from 621 in 2015/16 to 973 in 2020/21.

Today Diabetes UK called the 57% increase in the last five years “concerning”.

He accused the government of “disappointing our children” as it called for concerted action to counter Britain’s swollen waistline.

And Diabetes UK has warned that the cost of living crisis could lead to further problems in the years to come.

Experts have described the mix between the soaring levels of obesity and the squeezing of finances as a “perfect storm that risks irreversibly damaging the health of young people”.

A study from Public Health England last year claimed that over 40% of adults in England have piled up pandemic pounds, with an average weight gain of 7 pounds (3 kg).

They have been accused of gorging on unhealthy comfort food to deal with pandemic stress and housekeeping orders.

It prompted health leaders to recommend a summer fitness round.

Professor Rena Wing, lead author of the new study, said: “These findings should help mitigate public health concerns that Covid shutdown orders have led to weight gain in adults.”

Academics from the Center for Weight Control and Diabetes Research at Miriam Hospital in Rhode Island looked at the records of 102,889 adults, averaging in their 50s and obese.

They recorded participants’ weight and body mass index (BMI) twice in the year before the first blocks in the United States, in March 2020.

Correspondence information was recorded between April and November 2021, in order to see the effects of the Covid curbs.

The average time between weight measurements for both spells was two and a half months.

Initial results showed that people gained 220 g (7.8 ounces) in the post-blockade period. By comparison, they gained 180 g (6.3 ounces) before Covid.

The difference between these two figures was not considered significant, meaning the researchers could not say that the blocks fueled the weight gain.

But looking at 83,678 participants whose weight was measured in person, the results changed.

In this group of participants, people gained three times the amount of weight in the spell before the block compared to after.

The study, published on JAMA Network Open, does not definitively prove that the lockdowns from Covid did not make us fat, however.

It failed to look at how diets or physical activity levels changed during the pandemic.

Obesity has become a prominent topic in the virus epidemic, with real-world data showing that fatter people were more at risk.

A study by the now defunct Public Health England found that 41% of Brits gained weight during the block, with an average gain of half a kilo.  But 21% of those who gained weight have gained a pound or more since March 2020

A study by the now defunct Public Health England found that 41% of Brits gained weight during the block, with an average gain of half a kilo.  But 21% of those who gained weight have gained a pound or more since March 2020

A study by the now defunct Public Health England found that 41% of Brits gained weight during the block, with an average gain of half a kilo. But 21% of those who gained weight have gained a pound or more since March 2020

It has sparked requests to get people to eat healthier and exercise more.

Official figures show that two thirds of British adults are too fat and a Cancer Research UK’s analysis last month predicted that the toll will exceed 70% over the next two decades.

In the United States, it is estimated that 73.6% of adults are considered overweight or obese.

Being overweight or obese is known to increase the risk of at least 13 different types of cancer and also causes other dangerous health conditions such as hypertension and type 2 diabetes.

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