10 Ways the Covid Response Harmed Society

Episode 6 Lifestyle changes -10 Ways the Covid Response Harmed Society

Various meta-analyses from data collected in 2020-21 have found adverse changes in lifestyle behaviours. This includes: increases in obesity (2% in children and 1% in adults), screen use (a 52% increase among children), eye problems, insomnia, unfavourable child development and growth outcomes (e.g. communication and social impairments, stunting/wasting), frailty among the elderly (e.g. increases in dementia), addiction habits (e.g. social media, alcohol-related deaths), and some adverse changes in diet (e.g. cheaper and less nutritious foods). There is limited data on how lifestyle changes may have persisted beyond 2020.

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About the Author

Kevin Bardosh is the Director of Collateral Global, a UK-based charity dedicated to researching the global impacts of Covid-19 policy responses and helping the world better balance societal trade-offs during future health emergencies. He has worked in more than 20 countries on infectious disease control programs (including Ebola and Zika), authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and edited two books. He is currently an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health, University of Washington USA and an Honorary Lecturer at the Edinburgh Medical School, University of Edinburgh UK.

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