COVID-19 lockdowns worsened obesity and increase in abdominal girth: Health experts

Chaitraly Deshmukh
Thursday, 17 September 2020

Health experts have stated that the lockdown has created a negative impact  on human body as obesity has increased amongst youth

Lockdowns implemented across the nation amid the spread of COVID-19 have negatively impacted diet, sleep and physical activity with obesity.

Adolescents are currently plagued by anxiety about how to lose weight. Announcement of lockdown from the month of March after the corona Virus Pandemic outbreak. Which resulted in strict lockdown for 50 days.

Exercising outside, morning walk was also completely banned as a result, number of people are gaining weight. During the unlock process began in June. Gradually the government started industries, offices with limited staff. Employees of IT companies are still working from home.

During Corona's time, many young people lost their jobs and stayed at home. So, young people are still working for few weeks or half a day a month. So there are limitations to getting out of the house. So many don’t go out to the gym as it is still prohibited or the morning walk is a bit fearful to step out fearing of the Coronavirus pandemic spread.

This has resulted in Weight gain. Giving more information, the head of the anti-obesity campaign, Dr Jayashree Todkar said, "In the past, during the lockdown, the maid could not come for housework and due to the housework, some body movements caused some weight loss. This was followed by a slowdown in lockdown and increased demand for fast food online parcels. As a result, the weight of the youth has been increasing in the last one and a half to two months. There is also an increase in the use of alcohol along with food to reduce the fear of COVID and mental stress."

"Young people have gained weight in the last two months. Seriously, coronary artery mortality is higher in people with diabetes and obesity. Therefore, the issue of weight gain should be taken seriously by the youth. For that, you have to control your eating because eating brings happiness but not immunity. It is essential to avoid processed foods in the diet and eat fresh, hot food. Avoid the temptation to eat carbohydrates and sweets,” added Dr Jayashree Todkar, Bariatric Surgeon.

"Obesity was higher among citizens during June-July but has declined slightly since Unlock. So right now many people are seen exercising at home by downloading various apps and watching videos from YouTube and it needs to be done. At the same time, it is necessary to change the diet and reduce it to a little less than the current diet," Said Supriti Dixit.


  • For those who are less mobile, if you are eating two Chapati meals, take one and a half chapati or less
  • Eat plenty of vegetables, salads, protein foods
  • Preferably eat bread, vegetables with cereals
  • Avoid flour, bakery foods, biscuits, bread, junk food
  • Eat chapati made from bread, wheat
  • Start exercising from home

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