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Shelter-in-place orders tied to weight gain

Shelter-in-place orders tied to weight gain

Shelter-in-place orders were associated with consistent weight gain, according to a research letter published online March 22 in JAMA Network Open.

Anthony L. Lin, M.D., from the University of California in San Francisco, and colleagues analyzed data (Feb. 1 to June 1, 2020) from 269 participants in the Health eHeart Study who volunteered to report weight measurements from their Bluetooth-connected smart scale (7,444 weight measurements).

The researchers found that after the shelter-in-place order, participants (48.3 percent men; 77 percent White; mean age, 51.9 years) experienced steady weight gain at a rate of 0.27 kg every 10 days, regardless of geographic location or comorbidities. These results translate into approximately 1.5 lb of weight gain every month.

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