“Covibesity,” a new pandemic

Moien AB Khan, Jane Elizabeth Moverley Smith

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The COVID-19 lockdown produced behavioral, psychosocial and environmental changes which, through a variety of mechanisms, has led to widespread rapid weight gain amongst certain populations worldwide. We have termed this phenomenon ‘covibesity’. There has been an increase in food shopping, food take ways and increase in alcohol sales. Furthermore, the combination of working from home, on-line education and social media usage have all caused screen time to surge. The food industry has intensified on-line advertising focused on children. A swift response is needed from all stakeholders to prevent covibesity becoming a pandemic.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100282
JournalObesity Medicine
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2020


  • Body weight
  • COVID-19
  • Confinement
  • Health behavior
  • Lockdown
  • Obesity
  • Pandemic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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