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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 68  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 148-151

Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on eating styles: A population based-survey during the first lockdown in Italy

1 Cognitive Rehabilitation Center, Messina, Italy
2 Department of Biomedical and Biotechnological Science, University of Catania, Catania, Italy
3 Relational Psychotherapy and Cognitive Rehabilitation Center, Messina, Italy
4 Scientific Institute for Research, Hospitalization and Healthcare (IRCCS), Brain Injury Center, Messina, Italy

Correspondence Address:
R S Calabrò
Scientific Institute for Research, Hospitalization and Healthcare (IRCCS), Brain Injury Center, Messina
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jpgm.jpgm_919_21

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Background: The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has had a strong impact on eating behavior. To maintain health and well-being, correct nutrition is essential, especially when the immune system is under pressure. Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the correlation between emotional aspects and the eating behavior of a group of people living in Sicily during the lockdown due to COVID-19. Methodology: We used a cross-sectional survey design with an anonymous online questionnaire, administered through technological means. Results: During the COVID-19 pandemic, 91 participants experienced high stress (PSS = 18.14 ± 4.1), and eating was associated with emotional behaviors (DEBQ EM = 41.74 ± 10.9). Stress correlated positively with the emotional and external aspects of eating behaviors. Conclusion: The present study showed that the COVID-19 lockdown caused high stress with a worsening in eating behaviors. The study participants had difficulty in adequately coping with some emotions and feelings, developing an 'addiction' to food.


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