Tuesday, May 11, 2021
May 11, 2021

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‘Quarantine 15’ weighs in higher than expected


With so many people spending their days kitchen-adjacent, readily indulging in fat- and carb-laden comfort foods, the “quarantine 15” was expected early in the pandemic.

But a survey by the American Psychological Association showed that some people gained almost double that, sparking concern over the long-term health impact of these stressful events.

The group’s February survey of 3,000 American adults found many are drinking more and sleeping less. A full 61 percent said they experienced undesired weight changes during the pandemic. Among those surveyed who said they gained more weight than they intended (42 percent of those who changed weight), the average reported increase was 29 pounds.