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Three in 10 Canadians have gained weight during pandemic: survey

Last Updated Jun 9, 2020 at 8:01 pm PDT

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A new survey found three in 10 Canadians reported gaining weight during the pandemic

Nearly 30 per cent of Canadians say they've been baking more desserts, like cookies and cakes

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — It seems many people who gained a few pounds during the pandemic aren’t alone, according to a new survey. 

Research Co. has found about three in 10 Canadians report gaining weight over the past few months.

One-third of British Columbians polled by say they’ve gained weight, which is a little higher than the national average.

It’s the same regardless of whether people are vegans, pescatarians, or omnivores.

The poll also found 29 per cent of Canadians report baking more desserts like cakes or cookies at home than they did prior to the pandemic. One in five say they are baking bread more often at home than they did a few months ago.

The majority of people say they are familiar with Canada’s official food guide, but 29 per cent admit they never follow it.

“Half of Canadians aged 18-34 (50 per cent) are paying attention to the recommendations of Canada’s Food Guide,” says Mario Canseco, President of Research Co. “Smaller proportions of Canadians aged 35-54 (42 per cent) and aged 55 and over (34 per cent) are following the same course of action.”

On an average weeknight, more than half of people say they spend 30 to 60 minutes to make dinner.

Only about 14 percent of Canadians report losing weight.