Jan. 5 (UPI) — Regardless of the dangers posed by pressured inactivity, the proportion of Individuals reporting they had been obese final yr throughout the coronavirus pandemic didn’t rise, Gallup pollsters say.
As a substitute, Individuals’ self-described weight remained roughly the identical in 2020 because the earlier yr, with 41% saying they’re obese — 42% reported this in 2019, Gallup mentioned in survey outcomes launched Monday.
Additionally much like 2019, simply over half (51%) mentioned their weight is about proper, whereas a small proportion (6%) report being underweight.
Typically, the authors mentioned, Gallup’s November Well being and Healthcare ballot discovered that regardless of fears the pandemic would result in vital weight achieve because of limits on mobility, Individuals are reporting that has not been the case.
Fairly, they mentioned their weight didn’t change a lot in 2020, averaging 181 kilos amongst all U.S. adults. Males reported averaging 200 kilos, whereas ladies reported averaging about 162 kilos.
The ballot, held yearly since 2001, was carried out between Nov. 5- and 19 amongst 1,018 adults, aged 18 and older, dwelling in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.
Whereas the ballot confirmed Individuals saying they didn’t achieve weight throughout the pandemic, it additionally indicated they didn’t make the most of the chance to alter their consuming and train habits to lose kilos.
The stability might “masks opposing storylines,” the pollsters mentioned.
“Whereas some might have discovered it simpler to food regimen and train throughout the pandemic, probably shedding undesirable kilos, others might have grow to be extra sedentary whereas switching to distant work or faculty and struggled to keep away from the temptations of overeating at dwelling, thus gaining weight,” they mentioned.