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People turned to sweets, chocolate and salty snacks during the Covid-19 lockdowns in the UK and Australia

“Increased snack intake was associated with higher levels of perceived stress ...”

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Source: The University of Sheffield - News

A new study led by the University of Sheffield suggests that treats, such as sweets, chocolate and salty treats, increased for some people during Covid-19 lockdowns. People with low control over their cravings were most at risk of increasing their snack intake during the lockdown. Researchers warn about weight and health related issues for at-risk adults due to the impact of lockdowns on our eating behaviours.

Yu Liang Weng

Yu Liang Weng

24 June 2021

Low craving control predicts increased high energy density food intake during the COVID-19 lockdown: Result replicated in an Australian sample (
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The marimekko component (similar to a bar chart) is used for this visualisation for extra dimensions - population in each country and percentages of respondents. If you would like to try this component, add React to your website and install nivo and marimekko using npm install @nivo/core @nivo/bmarimekko. Then import the plot using import MarimekkoPlot from "./marimekkoPlot".
This visualisation is created using React and nivo package.
Link for the source code.
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