Sexual life, menstrual cycle, romantic encounters … This period of confinement changes our lives. It turned our habits and our landmarks upside down. Another factor affected by confinement: our lifestyle. Since the beginning of the isolation, the French have been moving and moving less. In addition, they do less physical activity. At home, they make more gaps because they are tempted by sweets or cookies stored in the refrigerator and the cupboards available. Did confinement favor the weight gain of the French? This is the question answered the Ifop survey for Darwin Nutrition, an information and advice site dedicated to healthy eating.
The majority of French people gained weight during confinement
The poll, which measured for the first time the repercussions of this unprecedented situation on the diet of the French, was published on May 2. It was carried out from April 24 to 27 last, with a sample of 3,045 people aged 18 and over. The results show that “containment has undoubtedly favored weight gain in the majority (57%) of French people”. The decrease in physical activity, the lack of activity, the anxiety generated by isolation and snacking all played a role in the weight gain. But, they are not all in this case. According to the survey, 29% of respondents have lost pounds and 14% have not seen their weight change. This weight gain affects more men (58%) than women (41%).
Containment: respondents weighed 2.5 kg on average
On the participants’ scales: 2.5 kg more were displayed. “The number of pounds gained during confinement is found to be significantly higher in men (2.7 kg) than in women (2.3 kg)”, indicates the poll. In total 54% of French people are dissatisfied with their current weight level. Women are more likely (61%) to be unhappy with their weight and body size than men (47%).
“Weight gain is not a problem in itself, and was predictable in a context of stress and limited energy expenditure. More time at home means more time spent preparing meals, but also more snacks “, explains to Parisian Darwin Nutrition co-founder Quentin Molinié.
Their resolution: eat healthier and balanced after confinement
This widespread weight gain encourages participants to change their habits after confinement. According to the survey, more than half of French people (56%) say they plan to eat a healthier and more balanced diet when the deconfinement takes place. This proportion rises to 61% among people who gained weight during isolation.
If this majority expresses the wish to “pay attention” to their diet, they do not intend to start a strict diet. “The proportion of French people intending to follow a real diet, that is to say, to exercise particular surveillance over their diet, is much more limited (18%) while remaining fairly gendered: 21% of women in are considering one, versus 15% of men “, specifies the study.
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