Half of South Africans gained weight during pandemic

04 May 2021

·         43% of respondents attributed their change in eating habits to stress and anxiety over what the future holds;

·         42% said being confined to their homes led to more snacking and impulsive eating;

·         28% simply ate out of boredom.

·         45% percent of respondents revealed that lockdown regulations affected their eating and exercise habits for the worse;

·         44%picked up 2kg-5kg;

·         15% are 6kg-10kg heavier; and

·         4% gained an extra 10kg or more.

Nicole Jennings, spokesperson for Pharma Dynamics, said it was clear that lockdown promoted dysfunctional eating and sedentary behaviours, which need to be overturned.