The United States is already the most obese nation in the world, and thanks to Quarantine 15 it can become even fatter.
According to a new report in Obesity Research and Clinical Practiceapproximately 22% of Americans (based on selective extrapolation) said they gained five to ten pounds after blocking the coronavirus (“Among those who gained 5-10 pounds, there was a significantly higher percentage of the total sample, who reported that they began to eat more often in response to vision and smell, eat in response to stress and have a snack after lunch compared to those who stated that they did this “do not change these behaviors at all.”) In a separate poll, more than 1000 American readers Webmd, 34% of respondents said they gained weight “due to COVID restrictions.”
As Bloomberg’s Pimm Fox notes, “the reasons for weight gain are not shocking: changes in diet, lack of regular exercise, and a generally more sedentary lifestyle.”
The reported weight gain is confirmed by checking what consumers are buying. In dollar terms, from February 9 to May 3, frozen food sales grew 36%, snacks grew 36%, alcohol purchases grew 34%, dairy products added 27%, and packaged foods grew 20%, according to data in the Chicago market . research firm IRI.
And in a country where you can monetize every trend, investors are already making money on this latest bout of obesity: The Solactive Obesity Index rose 26% in 2020, compared with a 4.7% decrease in the S & P 500. The obesity index has even surpassed the Nasdaq.
Here is a list of the 20 main components of the index:
It is not clear what these far-sighted investors are doing with their winnings, but buying more food is certainly one of the logical options, thus closing the circle in what might turn out to be one of the most profitable deals of 2020: betting on thick America.