The containment has ultimately had a positive effect on the health habits of the French

SURVEY – Contrary to received ideas, this period of isolation has helped reduce the share of French engaging in “bad practices”, according to the health barometer Odoxa published on Monday.

Some of the French may have gained weight, others have lost the sleep… But contrary to received ideas, the balance of the containment in relation to prevention and good health practices is ultimately rather positive, according to the health barometer Odoxa for Le Figaro and France-Info released this Monday*. The share of French ensuring to drink alcohol on a regular or occasional, for example, is increased from 57% before the containment is established to combat the epidemic of Covid-19, to 51% after. The same trend in smokers, increased from 27% to 23% over the same period. These differences can be explained, in part, because “all of these behaviors have a social dimension, reports the survey. One drinks more, smokes more, eats more (chips, coke, etc) when one is in company”.

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Another positive point: the share of people practicing the sport has not suffered from this period of isolation, during which the comings and goings of the French were, however, very limited. The survey ensures that this containment has been the occasion for a French on five of discover new sports activities or of relaxation.

“Bad students”

If less than the French have had “bad behaviour” of health during the confinement, “those who have escaped the rule of a virtuous have much “slip” during this exceptional period, notes the barometer Odoxa. A French-in-three (35%) had gained weight (+3.2 kg, on average). 19% of respondents stated that they even have more than 5 kilos.

The survey shows that although the French are the ones who have the most tended to consume fatty or sweet (76%), the British are the ones who have the most drunk alcohol (58), the Spanish who were the most smoked (30%). The Germans were much more likely to take potentially dangerous drugs like anti-anxiety or sleeping pills (18%, against 12% in France).

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At the time of the balance sheet, after this period of unprecedented isolation, eight out of ten people in France and in Europe and have every intention of taking better care of their health in the future. “Even if, for some, this prognosis joined to the desire or even wishful thinking, it is very likely that this cruel collective experience will lead to a “better life” for the vast majority of French and Europeans”, writes Gael Sliman, president of the institute Odoxa. 46% (against 30% before the confinement) of the French surveyed believe that more should be done to empower individuals to their level rather than rely on the State (23%) or Europe(8%).

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Certainty finally, for a large number of people surveyed: the State does not take sufficiently into account the opinion of scientists in the field of health, either before (70%) or after confinement (63%).

Barometer health 360 Odoxa

* This survey was conducted by Odoxa and the FG2A with the scientific support of the health Chair of Sciences Po and in media partnership with Le Figaro and radio France Info. The study is carried out on an initial representative sample of 1000 French just prior to the containment, on 12 and 13 march, and then on another representative sample of 1000 French may 13 and 14.

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