Easter leaves 3 in 5 Brits worried about summer shape

Publish Date: 03/04/2024
Fact checked by: Mike McKean

Over half of Brits admit to overindulging during the recent Easter weekend, as revealed by our study involving over 2,000 people across the UK. Now that the egg hunts are over and the summer hunt has begun, we delved into how concerned Brits are about those potential extra pounds, and how many intend to tackle them.

Here are our key findings:

  • 56% of Brits admit to having overeaten during this year's Easter weekend. Among them, 61% intend to offset it in the near future by increasing their exercise.
  • 3 out of 5 Brits are feeling extra concerned about getting in shape for the summer after the Easter weekend.
  • A significant 63% feel social pressure to get in shape for the summer. For women in particular, the figure is even higher, reaching 75%.

Lots of Brits enjoyed the Easter weekend with big breakfasts, family feasts, checking the latest sports news and football betting odds, and hunting for (chocolate) eggs. But, as often happens, some ended up indulging a bit too much. According to our recent survey, 56% of Brits confess to overeating during the festivities. However, 61% of them are keen to balance it out by squeezing in some extra exercise in the coming days, our study finds.

3 out of 5 Brits are worried about their summer bodies

How much are we fretting about our weight after indulging in Easter treats? With swimsuit season and beach days approaching, the pressure to have a toned body doesn't seem to leave us unaffected. A whopping 64% of Brits say they're feeling extra concerned about shaping up for summer after this year's Easter holidays. Social pressure plays a big role here, with 63% feeling pressured to get fit for summer. Among women, this percentage is even higher at 75%. Men seem to experience this to a lesser extent. Among them, the percentage is at 44%.

Are we more motivated to exercise after the Easter weekend?

But once we've eaten those chocolate eggs and other Easter treats, don't we feel even more compelled to work up a sweat at the gym? When asked if overeating during the Easter weekend affects their motivation to exercise, 1 in 3 says it has no effect. Moreover, 30% say it gives them a bit of extra motivation to exercise, and for 17%, it gives significantly more motivation. On the other hand, 17% also say that overeating somewhat demotivates them to exercise. Finally, 3% say they even feel completely demotivated by it.


On Monday April 1st 2024, a nationwide survey was carried out involving 2,071 Brits. Among the respondents, 59% were female, 39% were male, 1% identified as non-binary, and 1% identified as other. The average age of the respondents was 39 years.

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