Italians put on an average two kilos each during the nation's coronavirus lockdown, according to a study by Italian agricultural group Coldiretti.
Being stuck at home and unable to take their usual exercise, coupled with a boom in the purchase of sugary and fatty comfort foods filled with sugar, has bloated the average Italian, Coldiretti said.
If you thought Italians ate well already, it may come as a surprise to hear that the amount of food on Italian tables increased further by 18 percent during the lockdown, it said.
Sales of desserts rose by 13 percent and ready meals by 24 percent during quarantine, Coldiretti found.
People across Italy have now started trying to shed that excess baggage after the ban on outdoor exercise was lifted on Monday.
They have been allowed to jog, walk and take exercise alone in parks and along seafronts in phase two of the coronavirus lockdown.
Some 47 percent of Italians said losing weight is nw one of their priorities, according to the Ixè polling firm, which says Italians have turned to diets and exercise to get back in shape.
But not everyone is feeling the strain or embarking on a healthy-eating programme just yet, judging by the record lines outside McDonald's outlets across the country when they reopened for takeaway on Monday.