“You eat out of boredom and stress,” says Chloe Taylor-Whitham, 19, from Sheffield, “there’s nothing else to do.”
As the weeks of living in lockdown take their toll, many of us are raiding the fridge for comfort food.
Instead of buying something fresh on the way home from work, Taylor-Whitham has been trying to recreate the things she craves, including McDonald’s cheese bites, in recipes she finds on TikTok.
“I’m definitely comfort-eating more chocolate and biscuits – even though I’m a diabetic – just as a bit of a release, to lift the mood,” says Andy Lloyd, 43, from Oldham. His OCD medication makes him put on weight, but that’s not his main concern right now.
“Half of me doesn’t really care how I look at the moment, it’s all about surviving through this terrible period. Then when it’s all over we can get back to working out,” he says.
When the schools closed, supply teacher Amy Hodgson, 24, from Liverpool, found herself with nothing to do. “I was always going to the fridge or the cupboards and seeing what I could eat, because I was bored. I gained 4lb in a week, and I thought, ‘How have I done that?'”
Having lost 5st 3lb (33kg) in the past year, she did not want to put it all back on. She realised she snacked most mid-morning, so that’s when she now exercises.