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Physical and psychological effects related to food habits and lifestyle changes derived from Covid-19 home confinement Spanish population.

Version 1 : Received: 14 October 2020 / Approved: 15 October 2020 / Online: 15 October 2020 (14:07:18 CEST)

How to cite: Miguel, L.; Teresa, I.L.M.; Marta, G.; Marta, M. Physical and psychological effects related to food habits and lifestyle changes derived from Covid-19 home confinement Spanish population.. Preprints 2020, 2020100325 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202010.0325.v1). Miguel, L.; Teresa, I.L.M.; Marta, G.; Marta, M. Physical and psychological effects related to food habits and lifestyle changes derived from Covid-19 home confinement Spanish population.. Preprints 2020, 2020100325 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202010.0325.v1).

Abstract

As consequence of COVID-19, millions of households suffered mobility restrictions and changes in their lifestyle during several months. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of COVID-19 home confinement in food habits, lifestyle and emotional balance of the Spanish population. This cross-sectional study used data collected via an anonymous online questionnaire during the last month before lockdown finished in Spain in a total of 675 participants. 38.8% of the respondents experienced weight gain while 31.1% lost weight during confinement. The increase in body weight was positively correlated with the age (Rs = 0.14, p <0.05) and BMI (Rs = 0.20, p <0.05). We also identified that 39.7% reported poorer quality sleep, it was positively correlated with BMI (Rs = -0.18, p <0.05) and with age (Rs = -0.21, p <0.05). 44.7% of the participants had not performed physical exercise during confinement with differences by sex (p <0.05), by age (p <0.05), by BMI (p <0.05) and sleep quality (p <0.05). According to emotional-eater questionnaire, 21.8% and 11% were classified as emotional eater and very emotional eater, respectively. We emphasize the importance of adopting a healthy lifestyle, as the COVID-19 pandemic nowadays is ongoing.

Subject Areas

COVID-19; Food intake; Lifestyle; Emotional eating; Home confinement; Lockdown.

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