MNCHEN (dpa-AFX) – Since the beginning of the corona pandemic, many Germans have moved less – and gained weight. This emerges from the results of a survey carried out by the Else Krner Fresenius Center for Nutritional Medicine (EKFZ) at the TU Mnchen together with the opinion research institute Forsa.
Accordingly, around 40 percent of those surveyed have gained weight since Corona – an average of 5.6 kilograms. In addition, a little more than half of them move less.
The 30 to 44 year olds in particular complained of more weight on their ribs – and so did the people who had a weight problem even before the pandemic. Noticeable: the higher the body mass index (BMI), the more often the participants stated that they had gained weight since Corona. “Corona is fueling the obesity pandemic,” said EKFZ head Hans Hauner.
The study also shows that 52 percent of those surveyed are less active during the Corona crisis. Men, younger people and respondents with a higher level of education are particularly affected. Possible reasons: closed sports clubs and fitness studios.
In contrast, there has been little change in the eating habits of Germans. Around two thirds eat the way they did before the crisis. A good one in four said they ate more out of boredom./jrz/DP/jha