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Impact of COVID-19 on the physical and mental health of Australians

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A new CSIRO study has revealed the impact the coronavirus lockdown has had on the wellbeing of Australians. The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation survey found both weight gain and impacts on mental health were by-products of COVID19.

Eating well, sleeping well and exercising are all staples of a healthy lifestyle but they've taken a big hit in recent times according to a CSIRO survey. 

The survey results of 4090 Australians show that around two thirds of them have reduced the amount of time spent exercising during COVID-19, while 58 per cent of them were less happy with life.

41 percent of people feel their mental wellbeing has been impacted.  

Some of the lifestyle changes, particularly in the area of diet, haven't helped those statistics.  

Pennie McCoy is a dietician, she says exercise and good eating habits go together.  

"60 per cent of people were reporting that their ability to exercise was challenged and that has an impact on food choices as well.  We know that exercise and diet go hand in hand so when you are exercising well you might be more motivated to eat better as well. So when you reverse that then food choices can become more challenged."

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People in Australia must stay at least 1.5 metres away from others. Find out what restrictions are in place for your state or territory.

Testing for coronavirus is now widely available across Australia. If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, arrange a test by calling your doctor or contact the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.

The federal government's coronavirus tracing app COVIDSafe is available for download from your phone's app store.

SBS is committed to informing Australia’s diverse communities about the latest COVID-19 developments. News and information is available in 63 languages at http://www.sbs.com.au/coronavirus

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