Pandemics drive lifestyle changes, findings

Canadians have changed their lifestyles with measures to prevent pandemics and their spread. However, according to a recent Dalhousie University survey, health is generally declining.

“Canadas aren’t healthy. Canada is much heavier than it was 14 months ago, I can tell you that. Sylvain Charlebois, director of the Agri-Food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University, is in the Epoch Times. I told the time report.

Charlebois’ lab, in collaboration with data insight platform Caddle, surveyed 9,991 Canadians in April 2021 and said that 42.3% weighed more than they wanted, and 15.6% weighed more than they wanted. Said it was reduced.

“I think people have to think about the new lifestyle that comes from [the pandemic].. Lifestyles will certainly be big, “Charlebois said.

TheĀ· Research 74% of respondents admit that the stress caused by the pandemic affected people’s diet.

More than 61% agreed that snacks were uplifting, and 50.4% said they ate more when they were stressed than when they were calm.

“People probably want to get back in shape in some way. To do that, you really need to do two things: consume more energy, consume more calories, and more. You need to eat less calories or different types of calories. “

Golf, garden work, cooking

Some Canadians are already embracing more movements as the pandemic has stopped typical social activities. In Wellesley, Saskatchewan, about 100 kilometers east of Regina, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten teacher Noel Bonk said the pandemic had changed her social life significantly.

“I used to get together with my friends, especially those who live far away in Regina. There’s no one there anymore,” Bonk said in an interview. “I went to a lot of rodeos and race events with my dad. They haven’t happened.”

There are only 850 people in Wolseley, but 50-year-olds have a lot to do.

“I spray-painted and cleaned all the lawn furniture,” Bonk said. “I have a really big garden like three parcels … so I was able to do a little more there too.

The local 9-hole par 3 golf course is within walking distance, but there is another course in the nearby town that Bonk also likes.

“I started playing golf a few years ago, but … I literally had little else to do last summer. I was there almost every day. And I’m walking more. I’m just riding more bikes. In a way, I’m more active. “

Asked if she felt healthier, Bonk said she wasn’t sure.

“I also love cooking, so I was able to cook more, so I sort” yes “and” no. ” And who is going to eat all this food? “

It’s not just Bonk. A Research In February, a Charlesbois lab announced that nearly a quarter of Canadians have prepared all their meals since the pandemic began. And more than a third learned new recipes.

BC grandma starts mountain biking

In Victoria, Gitte Wilson regularly took Foster Boys to swim and BMX races, but it stopped at a pandemic. The bike path remained open, but Wilson needed his wheels to take the boy there.

“I had to pull out my bike, which I had been sitting in the garage for 20 years, and practice. So I rode my bike to Sydney and came back. That’s about 30. [kilometres], A couple of times a week, so I can keep up with them, “Wilson said.

“I’m training when they’re in school, and it’s great because it just opened a whole new world. [with] Mountain biking, no membership fees, you don’t have to sign up for race fees. You are free to go, bike and start your trip on the trails right away. “

Due to pandemic restrictions, Wilson had been away from Vancouver’s grandchildren for the past year, but she went more to the beach and made friends there.

“We meet dog pedestrians there every day, and we meet so many people that we can’t meet otherwise, so we’ve been restricted in so many areas. But there are new fields, new sports and new relationships that are open to us. “

Life as a foster parent has actually become easier.

“My life was like 30 minutes all day. I have to go here. I have to be there. And it all shut down,” Wilson said. “I have time to do something I’ve never done before …. I’m still stressed.”

Wilson is one of those who has done much better than others. According to a Dalhousie survey in April, 68% of baby boomers believed that stress levels had risen since March 2020. Meanwhile, 83% of millennials and 82% of Gen Z respondents say the same thing.

Social isolation is the number one reason for stress, reported by 67% of respondents, and fears that COVID-19 virus and work-life balance are ranked second and third.

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