Spotlight*KSA: Views on Diet & Health During COVID-19

The changing diet and health habits in Saudi Arabia due to the pandemic.

As part of the Spotlight KSA series, this report sheds light on people's changes in health, particularly with regards to their weight, exercise and diets, as a result of the pandemic. It also compares changes in Saudi Arabia vs. the rest of the world on multiple aspects.

Around 35% of the people in Saudi Arabia say that their weight has increased during the pandemic, a slightly higher figure than the global average (31%). The kingdom ranks among the top 3 countries when it comes to the amount of weight gained (8 Kg), preceded by the UK (16.8Kg) and Mexico (8.5kg).

In Saudi, 60% say that they are trying to lose weight, but only 38% is due to the pandemic. Amongst those, 52% are exercising more and 47% are either dieting or eating healthier without resorting to a diet.

A good chunk of the people (46%) believe that doing regular exercise and giving up smoking (40%) are actions that would reduce the COVID-19 symptoms.



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