Alarming number of Americans think COVID-19 weight gain is here to stay

The coronavirus pandemic has forced Americans to ditch their day-to-day routines; the once healthy balance between life and fitness has been altered, and now we’re wondering about our bodies. Stress eating is on the rise (hello, anxiety and stress), making it easier to snack on things like carbs while finding the motivation to squeeze a workout in your day seems harder than finding Lysol wipes at the supermarket.

As a result, nearly half of Americans are worried about their bodies right now — and whether they’ll be able to get their pre-quarantine body back, according to a new survey.

Forty-nine percent of Americans are feeling the burden of the “COVID-15” — or the Quarantine 15 — as the average American has put on an extra five pounds since the start of the pandemic in March, according to a survey commissioned by Naked Nutrition. In conjunction with OnePoll, the two teamed up to poll 2,000 US citizens to learn about their current diet and exercise habits.

As more than a third of New Yorkers are drinking while working remotely, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the report found that a third of respondents said they’ve increased their alcohol consumption. Aside from more drinking, 50% of respondents said they’ve increased consumption of carbohydrates, according to the report.

That won’t work if Americans are bailing on exercise routines, which the survey found 65% of respondents said they’re taking time off from their routines to “let themselves go a bit.”

“The COVID-19 has been a stressful time for many, but maintaining a healthy lifestyle can support a person’s overall health and should remain a priority,” said registered dietitian nutritionist Lauren Manaker in a press release.

“This data highlights the importance of finding simple solutions for people to be able to maintain a healthy lifestyle while in isolation. Many items that support a healthy lifestyle, like high-quality and clean supplements, exercise accessories like resistance bands, and even workout clothes, can be purchased online and delivered right to a person’s doorstep. Swapping out unhealthy habits and replacing them with good choices is a step that many Americans should be taking.”