Study highlights the effects of COVID-19 restrictions on physical and mental well-being

The findings of a survey conducted worldwide showcased the effects on our physical and mental well-being during COVID-19 lockdowns. The study was published online in the journal Obesity.

As part of the globalized survey, more than 7,000 participants gave their input when administered a questionnaire on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic during restrictions.

Throughout the study, researchers at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center examined the changes in lifestyle behaviors among the participants during the restrictions implemented by health officials. Many of the participants were based in the United States, with the study involving over 50 other nations.

“This study is the first to survey thousands of people across the globe on lifestyle behavior changes in response to stay-at-home orders,” said John Kirwan, co-author of the study, in a news release.

“Groundbreaking research like this is part and parcel of Pennington Biomedical’s mission. The study demonstrates that chronic diseases like obesity affect our health beyond the physical.”

The study was authored by Emily Flanagan, Robbie Beyl, S. Nicole Fearnbach, Abby Altazan, Corby Martin, and Leanne Redman.

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