According to 'USA Today,' American Heart Association and Mayo Clinic dietitians have confirmed the link between quarantine and gaining weight. In new polls conducted by WebMD, a four to six-pound gain was reported by 34 percent of participants.
Among the causes are lack of exercise at the gym, boredom and anxiety. "It's not uncommon during periods of stress that people would reach for foods higher in sugar and fat – it's comforting," said Dietitian Carli Liguori, via 'USA Today'. Liguori adds that most are probably packing on three to five additional pounds. "The problem is we don't know how long this (pandemic) is going to go on and it's important to try to get some healthy habits back. A 3 to 5 pound gain month after month will be more difficult to lose the longer (quarantines) go on,"
Dietitian Carli Liguori, via 'USA Today'. Registered pediatric dietitian Susan Wilson says being at home all the time has affected people's eating patterns. She adds that it is a positive sign people are cooking more since its a healthier option than restaurant food. Americans are also receiving praise from dietitians for meal and snack preparation