Screen Time Increased 60 During Covid Shutdowns With “Profoundly Negative Impacts ” According To UCLA-Led Study

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News flash: Americans drank more, smoked more, watched more TV and exercised less during the recent pandemic-related business closures and stay-at-home orders, according to a UCLA-led study release…

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Researchers conducted a survey of representative samples of American adults from across the country in October, asking them to report on lifestyle behaviors such as exercise time, time spent in front of a TV or computer screen, alcohol consumption, cigarette smoking and fast-food consumption.
According to the survey, respondents reported a 31.2% drop in exercise time compared to pre-pandemic times, while screen time increased by 60.4%, alcohol consumption jumped by 23.2% and smoking increased by 9%. The average consumption of fast food, however, dropped from 1.41 times a week before the pandemic to 0.96 times a week during the pandemic.

“We found a marked increase in sedentary behaviors, alcohol consumption, and cigarette smoking, and a decline in exercise,” said study co- author Dr. Jian Li, who is also affiliated with the Fielding School’s Center
for Occupational and Environmental Health. “Whether these persisted as the pandemic continued, and whether individual’s quality of life and health well- being are subsequently affected, has to be studied, but it is clear that resources and support that can help people maintain healthy lifestyles, during the pandemic and afterwards, are urgently needed.”
City News Service contributed to this report.
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