Study Finds Participants Gained Nearly Two Pounds a Month During Covid Lockdowns

Lots of us gained weight during the coronavirus lockdowns over the past year, as we were stuck at home more with food readily available and not able to get the kind of exercise, even just walking outside, that we usually do.

A new study, with a very small sampling of less than 300 people, tried to get a handle of how much weight people gained, using data from weight measurements from Bluetooth-connected smart scales. It found that people living under shelter-in-place orders gained more than half a pound every 10 days, which works out to nearly two pounds a month.

Dr. Gregory M. Marcus, a cardiologist and professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, who was senior author of the research letter published yesterday (March 22nd), said that if people kept up their lockdown habits, they could have easily gained 20 pounds over the year. Marcus noted that many of the participants were losing weight before lockdown orders, and suggests that means the weight they gained could be less than what people in the broader population did, saying what the results showed could be, quote, “the tip of the iceberg.” (New York Times)