Madrid, June 2 (Europe Press) –
35 percent of Spaniards believe their mental and physical health has worsened after the pandemic, according to a recent study by Unilever conducted on the Ipsos Digital platform from a sample of 700 people from across Spain.
Also, up to 27 percent of consumers say they have increased their interest in brands that care about people’s health. The study also reveals the growth of other concerns on the part of Spanish consumers when they make the shopping cart; 22 percent are now looking for more brands with a social and community commitment and 20 percent say they are now choosing more brands with biodegradable packaging.
This increase is particularly significant in the category of cleaning products: interest in sustainable brands in this segment is now the majority and 57 percent are already choosing them, with 20 percent growth compared to before the pandemic. Respondents were also asked about their interest in plant-based products, and in this regard, six percent claimed to have increased their consumption.
Eating habits, understood as “those conscious, collective, and repetitive behaviors that lead people to choose, consume and use particular foods or diets, in response to social and cultural influences” is another central theme of this empirical research. In this regard, 30 percent of those surveyed considered themselves eating better than they were before the pandemic, compared to 55 percent of those who did not show changes in their habits; And 15 percent claim they eat worse.
Among the study’s conclusions, the adoption of more sedentary lifestyles by Spaniards stands out: 62 percent of those surveyed said that their lives are more stable today than they were before the pandemic, while 27 percent considered it still at the same levels. In this regard, more than half (56%) are people who worked remotely only at the beginning of the epidemic or did not do so at any time.
In this sense, although the perception of living a more sedentary life is somewhat general among all those surveyed, the percentage is lower among those who work wholly or partly remotely.
In addition, the study shows how the subjective perception of the health of Spaniards was severely affected after the health crisis caused by the pandemic. In this sense, 61 percent see it clearly that their mental health has declined. In the case of physical well-being, 51 percent of those surveyed considered it to be worse than it was before the pandemic, and only 15 percent considered their physical and mental condition to have improved.
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