Experts warn that the confinement of COVID-19 has increased obesity, drinking and unhealthy habits
Home confinement at the beginning of the pandemic is a strict but necessary measure to prevent the spread of the virus. As a result, according to the data, staying at home changed our behavior.
The consumption of certain items has changed. For example, in the first few weeks, toilet paper was all the rage and sold out in supermarkets. However, our shopping cart also contains alcoholic beverages and junk food.
According to published in Substance use and addictionDuring the weekend of March 21, 2020, sales of alcoholic beverages increased by 54% over the previous year.
The increase in the consumption of alcoholic beverages is usually related to conditions such as natural disasters that generate stress in the population. In this sense, a pandemic can also be considered an event that puts pressure on citizens. However, this situation is being delayed in time.
The increase in consumption of alcoholic beverages is related to stress-producing situations
The problem is that the increase in alcohol consumption will have a serious impact on public health due to its addictive nature.Researchers at McLean Hospital revista journal of general internal medicine Suggest possible options for controlling crowd drinking during a pandemic. The author proposes awareness-raising campaigns and a better diagnosis of alcohol use disorder.
Drink more alcohol, eat more junk food, and exercise less
During this time, the consumption of junk food has also increased, and the physical exercise population has also decreased. During childbirth, many people change their health habits, while others are not so healthy.Increased consumption of potatoes, biscuits and other foods Snacks And candy, the sport was eliminated.
It can be seen from the survey that the result is weight gain during this period. 27% declared weight gain after giving birth. According to scientists, eating delicious foods calms us down, so in times of increased anxiety, we tend to eat less healthy foods.
Increasing consumption of alcoholic beverages and processed foods, coupled with reduced physical exercise and changes in our daily lives, may lead to an overall increase in obesity and health problems in the coming months.
Not all bad news, a study published by the research institute Obesity journal The results showed that during the pandemic, 17% of the analyzed population lost weight. With more time, they improved the quality of their diet and increased physical exercise during childbirth.
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