Unwanted weight change during the pandemic? Your stress hormones could be to blame
If you have experienced unwanted weight gain or weight loss during the pandemic, you are not alone. According to a poll by the American Psychological Association, 61% of US adults reported undesired weight change since the pandemic began.
The results, released in March 2021, showed that during the pandemic, 42% of respondents gained unwanted weight – 29 pounds (13.2 kgs) on average – and nearly 10% of those people gained more than 50 pounds. On the flip side, nearly 18% of Americans said they experienced unwanted weight loss – on average, a loss of 26 pounds (11.8 kgs).
Another study, published on 22 March 2021, assessed weight change in 269 people from February to June 2020. The researchers found, on average, that people gained a steady 1.5 pounds (0.7 kgs) per month.