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Average Brit has put on 2.7lbs in lockdown

Chris Holbrook Find Out Now Market Research

Chris Holbrook

11th Jun, 2020 | 3 mins read

UK residents stuck at home during the pandemic lockdown have put on a combined 62,261 tons – more than the weight of The Titanic.

A nationally representative survey of over 2,000 Britons by digital poll Findoutnow.co.uk reveals that the average weight gain per UK resident is 2.7 pounds since lockdown began at the end of March.

That’s an annualised gain of over one stone.

The region with the greatest weight gain is Scotland, a mighty 3.8 pounds per person.

Results are available here, including a regional breakdown. 

Other findings

45% of Brits report gaining some weight

18% lost weight

37% reported no change

12% gained 1 stone or more.

40% of men gained weight, with 10% 1 stone or more

49% of women gained weight, with 14% 1 stone or more.

Further analysis through Find Out Now’s extensive profile data suggests that middle-aged people with junior school aged children have put on the most weight.

The biggest weight losses come from those who visited the pub one or more times per week before lockdown. 6.5% of those who visited 4 times per week or more lost at least one stone.

About the survey

6,985 responses to “Roughly how has your body weight changed since lockdown began?” were collected on Saturday 6th of June via Pickmypostcode.com. A nationally representative sub-sample of 2,094 was selected from this using Find Out Now’s proprietary machine learning algorithm, within +/-1% of ONS quotas for Age range, Gender, Region and Social Grade. Figures quoted for age of children and pub visits before lockdown are taken from the initial 6,985 sample. Figures used in the total weight gain calculations for “1 stone or more” and “1 stone or less” were calculated by taking averages from a subset of 389 respondents who were further asked for specific weight loss/gain figures.