Adults in the United States gained about one pound and a half on average each month under lockdown orders during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study.
The study found that 269 participants who volunteered to report their measurements experienced a steady weight gain at a rate of 0.59 pounds on average every 10 days spent under lockdown, or approximately 1.5 pounds per month.
The volunteers participating in the research were all adults ranging in age from their early 30s through their early 60s, and 48.3 percent were men.
“In analyzing weight trends around initial SIP [shelter-in-place], we found a significant increase in weight over the post-SIP period at a rate of roughly a pound and a half weight gain per month following SIP,” the report stated.
“Although this may not appear clinically important, prolonged effects as have occurred with the pandemic might lead to substantial weight gain.”
This research indicates that if the trend continues down this road, some Americans could gain as much as 20 pounds over the course of the lockdown orders from 2020 to early 2021.
Obesity was declared an epidemic in 1999, and despite the growing volume of research and information on healthy living and eating, the rate continues to rise.
“Weight is a clinically relevant health outcome that is independently associated with all-cause mortality,” Dr. Marcus wrote in the letter, encouraging people to have healthy diets and search for ways to enhance physical activity.
During nationwide lockdowns, more people stayed at home from work and school. Gyms were also ordered to close and physical activity declined for many people nationwide.
“For example, remember to schedule in time to exercise and stay physically active and avoid snacking between meals as much as possible,” he continued.