A few days before gradual deconfinement, an Ifop * study carried out for the Darwin Nutrition site takes stock of the eating habits adopted by the French since March 17. According to the polling institute, 57% of French people have gained weight, 29% lost it and 14% noticed no difference on the scale.
On average, the 3,045 people interviewed for the study took 2.5 kg since the start of containment. Men (2.7 kg on average) are a little more concerned than women (2.3 kg on average). Geographical curiosity: it is especially the women of the Parisian agglomeration and the men of the rural communes who are the most impacted.
However, it is women who bear this weight gain the least: 61% of respondents say they are unhappy of their weight against 47% of men. It must be said that on social networks, the resurgence of grossophobic photo montages during confinement did not promote self-acceptance.
It is important to remember that this weight gain is not a problem in itself. The stress seems to be one of the predominant factors. The survey indicates that it particularly affects people confined to several : 64% of French people confined with more than 4 people gained weight against 53% of those confined alone. And 66% of people who say they “regularly” argue with their spouse about household chores have gained weight.
The lack of physical activity and energy expenditure also justifies the extra pounds: 65% of people who do not normally practice sport have gained weight. All the more so since certain habits, such as aperitifs, are very successful (42% of respondents confided to having multiplied virtual aperitifs).
Finally, we must take into account the increase in snacking generated by idleness or anxiety, and that of the time spent preparing meals. More than 2 in 10 people admit, for example, that they have set their sights more on chocolate.
“Home cooking”: a new habit in perspective
After confinement, a majority of French people (56%) plan to eat healthier and more balanced, without going on a strict diet. Women are more likely to want to vary their diet (60% compared to 51% of men), but they are also more likely to want to vary their diet. strict diet (21% against 15% of men).
Containment requires, the “home-made” already has the coast, since 42% of the French devote more time to prepare meals, and 29% cook more homemade food, like bread and yogurt. Since March 17, 35% of those polled have also stated that they attach more importance to local origin food. Finally, in terms of size, 21% of French people say they use home deliveries less.
Unequal division of labor persists during confinement
The lockdown has forced almost everyone to stay at home. However, some things are struggling to evolve. Among heterosexual couples, the subject of food has generated more tension than usual, and exacerbated the imbalance in terms of the division of labor. 71% of women believe that they prepare meals more often than their partner. Only 21% of men living as a couple participate more than before in the preparation of meals. The burden of women is all the heavier to bear, as the number of meals to be prepared each day has increased due to confinement.
* Ifop study for Darwin Nutrition conducted by online questionnaire from April 24 to 27, 2020