Obesity rose sharply during Italy’s coronavirus lockdown

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Obesity rose sharply during Italy’s recent coronavirus lockdown, according to a new Italian report.

It said cardiologists and other medical professions “should get ready” for a “significant” rise in obesity levels.

They should encourage people who are overweight and obese to return to a healthy diet and get regular exercise to shed the pounds gained during the lockdown, said the report, The Pandemic Effect, published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition by researchers from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.

It said anxiety and stress, as well as fear of getting enough food, led people to eat poorly and lead sedentary lives during the almost three-month confinement.

ANSA 

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