Poles gain weight during pandemic

Dr. Ernest Kuchar said healthy diet and physical activity were two basic elements which were inexpensive and available to all, have the most important impact on reducing unnecessary weight and, thus, may contribute to a milder form of Covid-19 illness. Paweł Supernak/PAP

Poles significantly reduced their physical activity during the over year-long Covid-19 pandemic, show the results of a recent survey.

This has significantly contributed to weight gain by Poles, according to the Covid 365+ survey conducted by the Ipsos pollster.

As many as 42 percent of Poles experienced an average weight gain of 5.7 kg., the study revealed. Currently, every other Pole is struggling with overweight or obesity.

"Overweight and obesity are among the leading risks factors of a severe form of Covid-19. This is confirmed by numerous scientific studies carried out in recent months," Dr. Ernest Kuchar of the Medical University of Warsaw was quoted as saying in a press release.

Kuchar said healthy diet and physical activity were two basic elements which were inexpensive and available to all, have the most important impact on reducing unnecessary weight and, thus, may contribute to a milder form of Covid-19 illness.

Ipsos conducted the survey on a sample of 1,000 Poles between February 25 and March 2, 2021.