Lockdown stress is blamed when women pile up – and estrogen levels soar
- The research shows that people had difficulty exercising during lockdown
- For women who are six feet tall, the results show they may have gained more than half a brick since the first lockdown – going from just under 11th to 11th 7 pounds.
Women have been gaining weight since the start of the pandemic – and their estrogen levels have skyrocketed, a study suggests.
The findings are consistent with previous studies showing that people struggled to exercise and eat healthily during lockdown.
In January last year, the average body mass index of 80,000 female customers of blood testing agency Thriva was 27.1. BMI shows whether someone is of a healthy size based on height and weight.
The findings show that people struggled to exercise and eat healthily during lockdown
But in recent months, the average of the 163,000 who provided details was 28.4. For women who are six feet tall, that equates to adding more than half a stone – going from just under 11th to 11th 7 pounds.
Meanwhile, average estrogen levels rose by about 50 percent. Dr Sumera Shahaney, head of clinical operations at Thriva, said estrogen can increase as women gain weight.
Very high estrogen levels have been linked to a greater risk of blood clots and stroke, but the mean increased amount was still within the limits of what is considered normal. Varying estrogen levels, however, can affect mood.
Dr. Shahaney said, “What we see from customers is that there has been a marked increase in stress and fatigue over the past 12 months. We also see a decrease in physical activity. ‘