Survey: People have gained weight and their health has deteriorated due to home office

Home office - work from homePhoto: Thomas Brun / NTB

For many people, one year in “home office mode” has left its mark. In a survey, four out of ten people answered that they had gained weight. Just as many believe that their health has deteriorated.

A total of 38% answered that they had gained weight during the home office corona year. Furthermore, 42% believe that the past year has had a negative impact on their health, while 23% answered that the home office period has been positive for their health.

The survey was conducted by YouGov for the insurance company If.

Almost half answered that they got in less everyday training due to work from home.

At the same time, gyms have been closed for a long time in parts of Norway. In addition, the coziness that was previously reserved for holidays and weekends has also taken over everyday life under corona.

Harder to live healthily

“The study is part of a series of studies that show that people have experienced that it has been difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle through the many months with a lot of staying at home,” researcher Annechen Bahr Bugge at the Consumer Research Institute (SIFO) told news bureau NTB.

She believes that this is due to the fact that people’s movement patterns have changed a lot, as well as changes in their daily food.

“Usually, most people eat one or more meals in a canteen, café or restaurant. Now, these meals have been moved home.”

Work, family, and home school have become mixed up. In the survey, 50% answered that it has become more difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

“We believe the lockdown and isolation have led to a greater need to enjoy what you can,” communications director Lars Galtung in If noted.

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