Date 2023-09-18 00:00:00

Working from home has led to poorer diet and exercise habits

The amount of teleworking has doubled after the COVID-19 pandemic. This implies poorer eating habits and less exercise, according to research from DTU

A study from the DTU National Food Institute has measured adult Danes’ eating and exercise habits during and after the first lockdown in 2020. The conclusion is quite clear: We are in a worse place in relation to adult Danes’ sugar intake, exercise, and overweight than prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. This information is provided on the DTU National Food Institute website. 

43% of adult Danes worked from home during the 2020 lockdown, and after society opened up again, many have stuck to working from home. The amount of teleworking in Denmark has thus doubled on a normal working day following the COVID-19 pandemic – from 100,000 to 200,000 – and the increase has been particularly significant in the Greater Copenhagen area. 

Increased work from home fosters changing eating and exercise habits. The group working from home during the lockdown experienced that they consumed more sweets and exercised less – habits that might be retained when working from home after the lockdown.  

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