Early on we joked about putting on the "Covid 15" referring to people gaining an extra 15 pounds since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in America. It turns out that stat is not far from the truth.
According to a study recently published by JAMA Health Network, American adults gained an average half a pound in weight for every 10 days spent in lockdown.
Researchers collected more than 7,000 weight measurements from Bluetooth scales used by participants across 37 states.
They found that participants daily step counts dropped, and they snacked and overate more. The rise in weight averaged 1.5 lbs of weight gain every month.
Other experts said it's no surprise. Gyms closed and stress eating rose.