Impact of covid-19 pandemic lockdown on dietary patterns of young adults
Author(s):
Dr.Premagowri.B, Raveena leivon, Sashmitha V, Srivaishnavi K, Uma T
Keywords:
COVID-19, eating patterns, lockdown, physical activity, young adults
Abstract
COVID – 19 pandemic and implemented lockdown strongly impacted everyone’s life. This study aimed to investigate the immediate impact of COVID- 19 Pandemic lock down on eating habits, physical activity and lifestyle changes of young adults aged between 18 – 25 years in India. A questionnaire on demographic information, anthropometric data, physical activity and dietary habits were circulated through google forms via social media and e-mail. A total of 544 respondents have responded to the study. Among 544 respondents 127 were male and 417 were female. It was noted that after lockdown, there is an increase of four percent in the overweight and 26 % in the obese category. The data of the anthropometric status of females after lockdown reports that there is an increase of three percent in overweight and 12% in obesity. This study also found that 39% of the male and 48% of the female skipped any one of the meals in a day during this lockdown. There was also a substantial increase in snack, junk, fried and fast food consumption in 31% of the male and 24% of the female respondents. This study observed that there was a strong relation between late-night snack consumption and insomnia. The onscreen time of more than 8 hours was considerably increased both in males and females as 39% and 31% respectively. The positive findings from the study were that 43% of male respondents and 54% of female respondents changed their diet plan to a healthy eating plan during the lockdown. Another positive finding was that 58% of male respondents and 59% of female respondents have started doing physical activity. Nutrition education was provided through e-posters on the importance of physical activity, stress management and healthy eating habits. It was concluded that adequate and balanced nutrition, physical activity, sound sleep, and stress management are important for a healthy lifestyle.
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Unique Paper ID: 156395

Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 9, Issue 3

Page(s): 530 - 535
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