“One-third of people with obesity gained weight during the lockdown, compared to 20 percent of people with normal weight or overweight.” |
PLUS: How has COVID-19 affected America’s sex life?
Oct 23, 2020
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana – A first-of-its-kind global survey shows the initial phase of the COVID-19 lockdown dramatically altered our personal habits, largely for the worse.
Leanne Redman, PhD, Associate Executive Director for Scientific Education at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, said
“The stay-at-home orders did result in one major health positive. Overall, healthy eating increased because we ate out less frequently. However, we snacked more. We got less exercise. We went to bed later and slept more poorly. Our anxiety levels doubled.”
The global survey evaluated the inadvertent changes in health behaviors that took place under the pandemic’s widespread restrictions. Researchers found that the lockdown’s effects were magnified among people with obesity. Dr. Redman said”
“Overall, people with obesity improved their diets the most. But they also experienced the sharpest declines in mental health and the highest incidence of weight gain.
“One-third of people with obesity gained weight during the lockdown, compared to 20.5 percent of people with normal weight or overweight.”
The online survey study ran during the month of April. More than 12,000 people worldwide took a look at the survey and 7,754 completed the detailed online questionnaire.
The majority of the respondents were in the United States, with half from Louisiana. Residents of Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and more than 50 other countries also responded.
Those who took the survey reacted to the pandemic in largely the same way whether they live in Louisiana, elsewhere in the United States or abroad.
“Stay-at-home orders have resulted in overall changes to dietary behaviors, increases in sedentary behaviors alongside decreases in physical activity, and declines in mental health.” – Pennington Biomedical Research, Baton Rouge, LA
Executive Director John Kirwan, PhD. said:
“This study is the first to survey thousands of people across the globe on lifestyle behavior changes in response to stay-at-home orders. Groundbreaking research like this is part and parcel of Pennington Biomedical’s mission. The study demonstrates that chronic diseases like obesity affect our health beyond the physical.
“Dr. Redman’s study is just one of many initiatives the center launched to help understand COVID-19’s impact and to slow its spread.”
The research team would like physicians and scientists to modify the way they manage patients with obesity in two ways, said Emily Flanagan, PhD, lead author of the study and a postdoctoral researcher in Dr. Redman’s Reproductive Endocrinology and Women’s Health Laboratory.
By increasing the number of mental health screenings during and after the pandemic.
By remaining connected to patients/study participants through remote visits and telehealth to prevent irreversible health effects from the pandemic. So-called virtual visits can assuage patients’ concerns about the safety of in-person visits. The full results of the study are available here.
How has COVID-19 affected America’s sex life?
Aug 14, 2020
MDLinx – For about half of American adults, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed their sex life—mostly for the worse, according to various reports.
A recent study by researchers at Indiana University (IU) found that nearly half (49.2%) of a nationally representative sample of 1,010 American adults reported some kind of change—most commonly, a decrease—in their sexual behavior during the COVID-19 outbreak.
An online NBC News poll of more than 11,000 respondents revealed that more than half (at the time of this writing) said coronavirus has negatively impacted their love life.
According to an online survey of 1,200 Americans conducted by Lovehoney, a site that sells erotic toys and lingerie, only 32% of American couples report being “sexually happy” during the pandemic. The crisis has resulted in intimacy challenges for 63% of couples, and 19% of couples aren’t having any sex at all, the survey found.
What’s happening? Ian Kerner, PhD, a psychotherapist and sex counselor, told Health magazine:
“A lot of people in quarantine aren’t feeling their best, or feeling as sexy.
“If you’re home all day and you’re not changing out of your pajamas or applying as much self-care or going to the gym, your sexual self-esteem can start to go down. You may stop seeing your partner as sexy too and think of them as just someone familiar.”
As Mark Twain wrote, “Familiarity breeds contempt—and children.” It remains to be seen, though, whether “familiarity” from the COVID-19 crisis will lead to a baby boom, as it did with Hurricane Sandy.
More likely, close quarters have more frequently bred contempt, with 32% of respondents to the Lovehoney survey saying that lockdown stress has increased the number of arguments between partners.
Uptick for some, downturn for others
The crisis hasn’t led to a romantic lull for everyone, of course, as stay-at-home orders have offered an opportunity for more sex and intimacy for some … Read more.
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