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"Did Americans Work out More During Pandemic? Study Finds the Opposite, in Fact"

USA Today quoted Dr. Liwei Chen, Fielding School associate professor of epidemiology, and Dr. Jian Li, professor of environmental health sciences, about research into Americans' habits during the pandemic

Thursday, October 14, 2021

During the pandemic, U.S. adults have on average exercised less, drank and smoked more, and spent more time in front of computer or TV screens, according to a study published Tuesday.

UCLA researchers surveyed American adults in October 2020 about five "lifestyle behaviors": exercise time, screen time, fast food consumption, alcohol drinking and cigarette smoking.

Compared with before the COVID-19 pandemic, exercise time decreased by 31%, screen time increased by 60%, alcohol consumption increased by 23%, and smoking by 9%.