Nearly 4 in 10 Singaporeans report gaining weight since the pandemic, especially among young adults.
The latest Ipsos report shows that 39% of Singaporeans say they have gained weight since the COVID-19 pandemic: a 9% increase from the 2020 survey. The average weight gained was 5.7kg, up from 4.8kg reported in the previous survey.
The most significant weight gain was reported among 18 – 24-year-olds with 59% of them saying they have gained weight.
The COVID-19 pandemic had naturally brought about changes in lifestyle and related behaviours. 22% of Singaporeans say they have done less exercise since.
Weight gain can lead to numerous health conditions such as high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, osteoarthritis, and more. More than half of Singaporeans (54%) say they are trying to lose weight. The pandemic had led to new behaviours especially purchasing food and groceries online, and a general reduction in physical activity.
With a prolonged pandemic, these behaviours are becoming the new norm, and it will take specific effort to get into new healthier habits.