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How To Stop Overeating While Working From Home During Coronavirus Outbreak

Working from home has its perks, but potential weight gain isn’t one of them.

As more workplaces allow employees to work remotely with the ongoing new coronavirus outbreak, a combination of job stress, the uncertainty surrounding public health and having easy access to the refrigerator could prompt some to eat more than they would at the office.

It’s called “stress eating” for a reason. A number of studies show that emotional or physical distress increases the amount of food we eat, particularly meals higher in fat, sugar or both.

“Anytime you’re feeling particularly stressed out — whether it’s at work or at home — and you’re feeling aimless, we go to what’s comfortable,” Jaclyn London, a registered dietitian and head of nutrition and wellness at Weight Watchers. told FOX Business of why eaters may be tempted to overindulge in comfort foods.

“Anytime you’re feeling particularly stressed out — whether its at work or at home — and you’re feeling aimless, we go to what’s comfortable.”- Jaclyn London, head of nutrition and wellness at WW 

Not having to commute to work and the ability to wake up later can also throw off your meal times, London said.


“It’s the disruption in the schedule,” she said. “Make sure your environment is set up so you have all of that produce, nutrient-dense food so when you’re going to snack you automatically have things available to you that are healthier options.”

Stress eating can impact people in a few different ways. In the short term, stress can prevent appetite, but when it’s ongoing, a hormone called cortisol gets released into our bodies that could increase hunger.

Here are some easy ways to avoid overeating while working from home:

Stick to an eating schedule

Try to maintain the same routine you have for eating breakfast, lunch and dinner as you would at the office.

“Reframe the new schedule or new set of circumstances in your existing schedule. If you’re used to having breakfast at a certain time, stick with that. Rely on the same meal prep,” London said.

London said it’s important not to skip meals because then you’re more likely to overeat during your next meal.

Stay hydrated

Research shows that people eat more when they’re dehydrated because they mistake the feeling of thirst for hunger. To avoid this, London recommends setting a timer every hour or so to remember to get up and hydrate.

“Drink early and drink often,” she said. “There are so many times where people are like, ‘I just can’t stop eating,’ but really it’s really because you’re a little dehydrated.”

London said you can mix it up with any beverage to stay hydrated, not just water, as long as it doesn’t contain sugar so opt for a cup of tea, black coffee or seltzer.

Stock up on fruits and veggies for healthy snacking

Fruits and vegetables are filled with water, so eating some of your favorites are an added way to hydrate.

Having enough fruits and vegetables on hand can also help keep you on track with eating habits at home (iStock).
“Frozen grape or cherry tomatoes are snackable opportunities that have a higher water content so it’s a built-in way to hydrate,” London said.

Meal prep

If you find yourself leaving your laptop to sift through your pantry or fridge between work deadlines, London says to meal prep for later instead of eating a snack in the moment.

“Instead of going for a snack because you’re bored, prepare a meal for later and wait until you’re hungry. Chop up cauliflower for dinner, make a fruit skewer, spiralize veggies for pasta — whatever you can do to prepare,” London said.

Hide the junk food

Seeing a bag of potato chips or a cookie in your line of vision makes it that more tempting to get up and snack, so London advises having a clear workspace that’s free from any food temptations.

“You don’t want to be visually reminded — whatever you can put away that you might want later, do it so you’re not tempted to graze,” she said.

This article was first published on Fox Business


FALSE: Nigeria Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s Son Dies of COVID-19



A post on LEGITFUND.COM claimed that Mr Abubakar was weeping at the loss of his son’s life.

Mohammed Atiku is not DEAD. He had an unusually long recovery period of about 40 days from treatment. He is now well and has been discharged after repeatedly testing negative.

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Since he was admitted into Abuja Isolation Centre, in Gwagwalada district, on account of testing positive to the Coronavirus disease, a torrent of publications has been recorded suggesting that Mohammed, one of the sons of the former Vice President Atiku-Abubakar, had passed away. A post on LEGITFUND.COM claimed that Mr Abubakar was seen weeping at this loss.

Quoting Premium Times, the blog post said the former Vice President’s son continued to test positive for the virus four weeks after post-status confirmation.

Furthermore, the post went on to add that it has a video recorded from the incident and says that its reader should click on a particular sentence to watch the video.


The blogger plagiarised its first to the fourth paragraph from a story published by PREMIUM TIMES on Muhammad Abubakar’s health status.  In this way, the writer sought to buy legitimacy for its claims and mislead the public to believe it had sourced its claim from an authoritative platform.

A paragraph from the article reads:

However, contrary to the blog post, the son of the former Vice President is not dead. A report by PREMIUM TIMES attests to this: “Mr Atiku-Abubakar confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES that he was still at the isolation facility on Thursday afternoon, but declined further comments on his test results and treatment.”

Besides, it was inconceivable that the mourning of such a top political figure in the country would have been the exclusive report of a fringe blog. Moreover, a video made by the would-be deceased (Muhammad) obtained during this research attests to the fact that he as alive.

Although Mohammed Abubakar had not recovered when the report was done 20 days after authorities confirmed his Coronavirus status, the truth was that there was no report of his death either.

A total context of the report published on the 16th of April by PREMIUM TIMES,  also indicated clearly that Mohammed Abubakar’s condition was unique and had confused the experts treating him, but they were sure he would recover.

Discrepancies in the post

First, the headline claimed “Covid19: Atiku Weeps As His Son Died Of Coronavirus – See Photos. Then at the end of the write up it also said: “Click here to watch the video”.

Neither picture nor video were available as promised. There were also no pictures attached.

As for the video, the link only redirected to the site’s homepage that carried several irrelevant advertisements.


Atiku Abubakar’s son, Muhammad Abubakar, is not dead. This posting is false and represents yet another illustration of misinformation designed to achieve the goals of hateful misinformation.

This article was originally published on Dubawa,  an independent verification and fact-checking platform.

Miracle Cure

FALSE: Palm Oil Is A Simple Solution To Corona Virus

“Simple solution to corona virus revealed,” claims a message posted on Facebook in Nigeria.

“As deadly as Corona Virus is, it has been confirmed and tested that Palm oil can stop the spread of the virus.”

It attributes the information to the World Health Organization.

“Experts have advised, we drink two spoonful of palm oil every morning to avoid the continuous spread of the virus,” it says.

“Plz help share and spread this important message urgently to your families, friends and love ones. Your message can save millions of lives.”

The post has been shared more than 2,600 times, attracting nearly 400,000 views.

Does drinking palm oil stop the spread of the coronavirus that causes the disease Covid-19?

No treatment or prevention yet – WHO

“There are currently no drugs licensed for the treatment or prevention of Covid-19,” the World Health Organization says on the myth-busters page of its online coronavirus information.

And in answer to the question, “Is there a vaccine, drug or treatment for Covid-19?”, the WHO says: “Not yet. To date, there is no vaccine and no specific antiviral medicines against Covid-19. However, people, particularly those with serious illness, may need to be hospitalised so that they can receive life-saving treatment for complications.”

This article was originally published on Africa Check,  a non-partisan fact-checking organisation.


FALSE: Photo of Coronavirus Victim

A photo of what seem to be dozens of dead bodies wrapped in plastic, with three people wearing masks standing among them, has been shared on Facebook in Kenya.

It’s captioned: “A second won’t cost you anything, just type ‘Thank you God for the gift of life’. COVID-19 must go.”

Does the photo show victims of the coronavirus pandemic?

A Yandex reverse image search reveals that the photo was taken by David Longstreath of the Associated Press in December 2004.

Africa Check found the photo in the AP archive.

Here the caption reads: “In this Dec. 30, 2004 file photo, Thais walk outside a Buddhist temple, near Takuapa, Thailand, where more than 1,000 bodies have been gathered.”

The victims were killed by “one of the deadliest natural disasters in world history: a tsunami, triggered by a massive earthquake off the Indonesian coast”, which left “more than 230,000 people dead in 14 countries”.

“Countries from Indonesia to India to Africa’s east coast were hit, leaving shocking scenes of death and destruction.”

The photo does not show Covid-19 victims. The dead were killed by the 2004 tsunami off the coast of Indonesia.

This article was originally published on Africa Check,  a non-partisan fact-checking organisation.

Featured Hoax

FALSE: Britain’s First COVID-19 Vaccine Volunteer Dies After Trial Jab

An online report shared tens of thousands of times on Facebook and Twitter claims that one of Britain’s first volunteers to be injected with a trial coronavirus vaccine has died. However, the claim is false, originating from a website with a history of spreading misinformation. The volunteer, herself, has dismissed the report, which was also denied by UK health officials and the scientists behind the trial.

The claim was published here in South Africa on a website called News NT. Since it was posted on Facebook on April 25, 2020, it has been shared nearly 70,000 times and seen by more than two million people, according to data provided by the social network.

A screenshot taken on April 27, 2020, showing the misleading publication

According to News NT, microbiologist Elisa Granato died two days after she was administered Britain’s first trial COVID-19 vaccine. “A statement by the researchers said Elisa had complications few hours after taking the vaccine and died while on admission (sic),” the article read.

Granato was one of the first two people to take part in the human trial of a new COVID-19 vaccine at Oxford University on April 23, 2020. The scientist told BBC in an interview that the decision was to “support the scientific process”.

As part of the process, the Oxford Vaccine Group, which is conducting the trial, hopes to vaccinate about 800 more people in Britain in the next month.

History of misinformation

The viral claim appears on Twitter here and here, while the link to the publication was also shared in several Facebook posts published globally, including in AustraliaNigeriaKenya and the US.

But the website has a history of spreading misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic, and there is no evidence to support the claim.

In March 2020, Guyana’s health ministry rejected as “fake news” a News NT’s article that a family of three in the capital Georgetown died before testing positive for coronavirus.

The site recently published an article that Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari had tested positive for the virus and was receiving treatment in an isolation ward after the death of his chief of staff, Abbah Kyari.

The claim was false — Buhari addressed Nigerians in a nationwide broadcast on April 27, 2020, shortly after the article was published. AFP has also debunked a similar claim here.

We traced the website’s history using site identity tool and found that it was registered on March 4, 2020, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

A screenshot taken on April 27, 2020, information about the website registration

Granato rejected the claim in a video shared on April 26, 2020, by BBC medical correspondent Fergus Walsh, who covered the human trial of the Oxford vaccine.

“I am very much alive,” Granato said in 17-second footage posted on Twitter. “I’m having a cup of tea. It’s Sunday, the 26th of April, three days after I got the vaccine or the control.”

Walsh also tweeted that the claim was “not true” when he published the video.

“I spent several minutes this morning chatting with Elisa Granato via Skype.  She is very much alive and told me she is feeling ‘absolutely fine’,” he wrote.

AFP has contacted Granato for comment but is yet to hear from her. She has made her Twitter account private since the video was published.

Meanwhile, Oxford University has also warned that people should not believe or share the report.

“We are aware there have been and will be rumours and false reports about the progress of the trial,” Oxford said in recent news about the trial progress. “We urge people not to give these any credibility and not to circulate them.”

Moreover, the UK Department of Health and Social Care has dismissed the report as untrue. “News circulating on social media that the first volunteer in a UK #coronavirus vaccine trial has died is completely untrue,” it said in a tweet published on its official Twitter account.

This article was originally published on AFP by Segun Olaoyenikan


FALSE: Nobel Laureate Tasuku Honjo Claims Coronavirus Is Man Made From Chin’

post is being widely shared on social media platforms stating that Japan’s Nobel Prize winning Professor of Medicine, Professor Dr. Tasuku Honjo has claimed that the Coronavirus is not natural and that China manufactured it. Let’s check the authenticity of the claims made in these posts.The archived version of the post can be found here

Claim: Japan’s Nobel Prize winning Professor of Medicine, Professor Dr Tasuku Honjo has claimed that the Coronavirus is not natural and that China manufactured it.

Fact: There is no credible source which attributes the claims made in the post to Nobel laureate Tasuku Honjo. In none of his recent interactions with the media, Tasuku Honjo had made any claims that indicated that the Coronavirus is not natural and that China manufactured it. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.  

When searched if there is any Nobel Prize winning Professor of Medicine, Professor Dr. Tasuku Honjo from Japan, it is found that he along with James P. Allison was awarded Nobel in 2018 for their discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation. However, no evidence from any credible source attributing him to the claims made in the post was found.

Through his most recent interaction with media, Tasuku Honjo has stated the need to ramp up the PCR tests to detect virus infections to more than 10,000 per day and urged residents of the three cities of Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya to impose “complete self-restraint from outings”. In another interview prior to this, Tasuku Honjo encouraged Japanese authorities to adopt a more proactive approach and stressed that Taiwan would serve as a great model for Japan to follow. But nowhere in these interactions, he made the claims stated in the social media posts which stated that the Coronavirus is not natural and that China manufactured it.

Tasuku Honjo is currently holding the position of Deputy Director-General and Distinguished Professor at Kyoto University Institute for Advanced Study, and his profile can be found on their website. It is mentioned in the viral message on social media that Tasuku Honjo had worked at a Wuhan laboratory in China for 4 years, but there is no mention of this in his profile. Hence the claim of him working at a Wuhan laboratory in China for 4 years is also false.

During our research, it is found that, in an interview with a French news channel a few days ago, another Nobel laureate Luc Montagnier had claimed that the coronavirus was manufactured in a laboratory in China’s Wuhan. Montagnier had won the 2008 Nobel Prize for Medicine along with Françoise Barré-Sinoussi and Harald zur Hausen for the discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). An official at France President Emmanuel Macron’s office has refuted these claims and clarified that there is no factual evidence so far of a link between the Covid-19 outbreak and the work of the P4 research laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

Ever since the outbreak of COVID-19, multiple claims were made linking the origin of the virus to a research lab in Wuhan. These claims were debunked by multiple fact-checkers across the world. A peer-reviewed study in March found no evidence that the coronavirus had been engineered, stating that “it is improbable that SARS-CoV-2 emerged through laboratory manipulation.” WHO also time and again made it clear that all available evidence suggests the novel coronavirus originated in animals in China late last year and was neither manipulated nor produced in a laboratory

To sum it up, Nobel laureate Tasuku Honjo hasn’t claimed that ‘coronavirus is not natural and that China manufactured it’. The message widely being circulated on his name is fake.

This Article was originally published by Bharath Guniganti on Factly

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