If you’ve put on weight during the COVID-19 pandemic, you’re not alone.
According to a survey of nearly 100,000 people conducted through the COVID Symptom Study app, snacking has increased significantly in the U.S. during to the pandemic. The app was created through a partnership between Massachusetts General Hospital, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, King’s College London, Stanford University School of Medicine and health sciences firm ZOE to study the symptoms of COVID-19 and track the spread of the illness.
Of 97,000 respondents to the COVID Symptom Study survey, 31 percent reported an increase in snacking with an average weight gain of 7 pounds from March through June.
“We’ve been through a lot over the past few months, so it’s not a surprise that people have experienced weight gain,” says Kelsey Tiller, a registered dietitian with Tidelands Health. “Although people react differently to stress, one of the most common responses is a change in eating patterns.”