The No. 1 Reason People Are Gaining Weight Right Now, Survey Shows

According to a new survey, 64 percent of people believe this is the cause of their weight loss.

Gaining weight can be somewhat of a mystery, often a very frustrating one for those who can't seem to shed those extra pounds no matter how much they exercise or how many diets they try. And if you're one of the many who gained weight over the last year, you may have wondered what the biggest culprit was in adding those extra pounds. Now, a new survey conducted by YouGov set out to answer that question.

The surveyors asked people in 17 places around the world, "Why do you think you're gaining weight?" Their sample sizes varied between 505 and 2,251 in each market. Read on to discover if you align with the majority of people about the most common cause of weight gain right now.

7
A medical condition

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Cited as main reason for weight gain: 7 percent

6
More exercise has led to more muscle

Young man sitting and lifting a dumbbell close to the rack at gym. Male weight training person doing a biceps curl in fitness center
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Cited as main reason for weight gain: 9 percent

5
Drinking too much alcohol

A group of four young men and women cheers beer bottles together with their face masks hanging off, making it easier to spread coronavirus
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Cited as main reason for weight gain: 11 percent

4
Eating more unhealthy foods

woman works at a computer and eats unhealthy food: chips, crackers, candy, waffles, soda
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Cited as main reason for weight gain: 35 percent

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3
Lack of routine and poor sleep habits

Young woman can't sleep, covering face with hands
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Cited as main reason for weight gain: 35 percent

2
Eating too much

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Cited as main reason for weight gain: 43 percent

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Lack of exercise/physical activity

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Cited as main reason for weight gain: 64 percent

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