Race to shed the 'Sandy Five': New Yorkers battle to lose excess pounds after comfort-eating during hurricane
18:02 GMT, 12 November 2012
Image-conscious New Yorkers are racing to shed the pounds after comfort-eating during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Coined 'The Sandy Five' by the New York Times, residents of Downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn found they had gained weight after their usual healthy diets and lifestyles were disrupted by the storm.
The stress of being displaced or housebound saw many turn to food for emotional comfort, and as power-loss forced many gyms to close, there was little way to work it off.
The 'Sandy Five': Image-conscious New Yorkers are racing to shed the pounds after comfort-eating during the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy
Non-perishables such as chips and candy became a staple diet as refrigerated goods spoiled, while others overindulged on treks uptown for hot meal.
'Downtown residents, who escaped to the City of Light of Midtown and above, often gorged as if they did not know where their next meal was coming from,' the Times reports. 'Many, in fact, did not.'
Of course weight gain barely registers on the scale of damage caused by the devastating storm that caused $50billion worth of damage, and New Yorkers are quick to point that out.
'My gym was closed for a week, and there was no power in my apartment
so I was existing on snacks and bread'
However, as one of the most image-conscious cities in the world, the 'Sandy Five' has not gone unacknowledged.
Journalist Rachel Quigley, whose
Manhattan apartment lost power with the rest of Downtown Manhattan, says
she is in 'overdrive' after gaining five to seven pounds due to the
stress of working throughout the hurricane.
'I bought a dress for my birthday a
size too small and was well on my way to fitting into it with a strict
diet and exercise regime when Sandy struck,' she said.
Blackout: The lights on the Brooklyn Bridge stand in contrast to lower Manhattan which lost power after Superstorm Sandy on October 29
'My gym was closed for a week, so
running was out of the question, and there was no power in my apartment
so I was existing on snacks and bread. And I was so tired working more
than 12 hour days I was eating chocolate and candy for a sugar fix just
to stay awake.'
Williamsburg resident Nina Postans,
who was evacuated from her waterfront home, admitted that there was
little more to do than eat and wait for the storm to pass.
'We live in Zone A so had to evacuate. This meant staying in and gorging on lots of
food while glued to the news'
'We definitely comfort-ate during the
storm,' she told MailOnline. 'We live in Zone A so had to evacuate to
Greenpoint for two days. This meant staying in and gorging on lots of
food while glued to the news.'
Though New York and New Jersey bore the brunt of the destruction, at its peak, the storm reached 1,000 miles across, killed more than 100 people in ten states, knocked out power for 8.5million people and cancelled nearly 20,000 flights.
More than 12 inches of rain fell in Easton, Md, and 34 inches of snow fell in Gatlinburg, Tenn.
Damage has been estimated $50 billion, making Sandy the second most expensive storm in U.S. history, behind Katrina.