Turkey eating its way through pandemic, study finds

A case of the munchies coupled with inactivity has resulted in weight gain for Turkish citizens since the beginning of the pandemic, with citizens’ weight increasing by an average of 3.25 kilograms (7.2 pounds), according to a new study by İpsos polling.

Some managed to avoid putting on weight, but those who did gained on an average of 6.6 kilograms (14.5 pounds), the study conducted with 800 people over the age of 18 between March 19 and 24 found.

Sixty five percent of women said they gained weight since last March, when the country recorded its first COVID-19 case, which was followed by pandemic restrictions, while 54 percent of men said they were heavier on the scale, according to the survey.

Meanwhile, the pandemic has led to weight loss for 12 percent in Turkey, İpsos found, while 28 percent have maintained their weight.

Turkey in April of last year began implementing a partial curfew for citizens under the age of 20 to contain the coronavirus outbreak. Citizens over the age of 60 were later also placed on a partial curfew which later turned into a full curfew, followed by nationwide weekend lockdowns and intercity travel bans.

Following an easing of measures for a few weeks, the country this week announced it was reintroducing weekend curfews nationwide amid soaring COVID-19 infection rates.

The İpsos study found an increase in the number of people working out at home, but an overall decrease in physical activity.

Meanwhile, 56 percent of those surveyed said they maintained a healthier diet than before the pandemic and only 10 percent said they were eating less healthy than before.