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57.9% of people say they have experienced weight gain during the pandemic

57.9% of people say they have experienced weight gain during the pandemicMelissa Ross / Moment / Getty Images

It goes without saying that the pandemic has had a toll on people. The financial, emotional, and physical wellbeing (among many other hardships), has affected people in more ways than one.


From countless hours of staying at home, to an increase in ordering takeout, many people have found food as a source of comfort during these challenging times.


A recent survey conducted by Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, in partnership with Caddle, asked 9,991 participants about the physical changes they’ve experienced over the course of the pandemic. The results in the study show that many people have experienced a significant amount of weight gain; what is now more commonly known as “COVID-15”.


The results from the study show that:


- 57.9% reported unintentional weight change
- 42.3% admitted to weight gain
- 37.3% gained between 2.72 and 4.5 kilograms
- 15.6% observed no significant change in weight

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