Nearly half of Brits have piled on nearly 1lb-a-week since lockdown, with those from Newcastle putting on the most weight, a study has found.
A poll of 2,000 Britons quizzed about whether they have put on weight since the coronavirus lockdown, saw 47% confess they had put on 5lb or more over the last six weeks.
Geordies were the most likely to balloon in weight, with 62% saying they had seen their weight sky-rocket as they exercised less, ate more comfort food, and drank more booze.
Those from the East of the England were least likely to have bulked up since the lockdown, although 39% said they had put on just under 1lb-a-week in the past six weeks.
A spokesperson for 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan, which conducted the poll, said some Brits faced piling on 1st by the time the lockdown was eventually lifted.
Women were found to be more likely to put on weight, with 49% admitting piling on the pounds since March 23, compared to 44 per cent of men.
The study found that 53% of Brits stocked up almost entirely on fattening foods, including pasta, crisps, chocolate, with just 13 per cent stocking up on frozen fruit and veg.
A spokesperson said: “The poll shows a troubling trend which points to some Brits likely to find themselves more than a stone heavier by the time lockdown is lifted.”
Mark Gilbert, a nutritionist at The 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan, said: “The COVID-19 outbreak finds us in a time of uncertainty, with many turning to food and drink for comfort.
“The research we’ve commissioned shows that, while some find the change in their routine is impacting their weight, for others it is raising awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
“At this time, it is essential to follow the Government’s current guidelines regarding exercise, and maintain a balanced diet, so as to avoid negatively impacting our overall physical and mental health during lockdown.”