Title: Dietary and eating behaviours during COVID-19 pandemic: with an emphasis on the impact of self-isolation and quarantine on body weight

Authors: Behnaz Shahrokhisahneh

Addresses: Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Cihan University-Erbil, KRG, 44001, Iraq

Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic and its subsequent restrictions have profoundly influenced the lifestyle and eating habits of global citizens, which may affect their body weight. This review aims to explore the effects of quarantine on body weight, eating behaviours, and dietary patterns of adults. This paper reviewed 21 papers with 29,899 participants. The majority of the studied populations did not depict an outlook of unhealthy eating behaviors. A considerable percentage of reviewed populations gained weight, and a relatively higher percentage exhibited emotional eating. Approximately half of the studied populations practised healthy eating. More country-based research is needed during the COVID-19 quarantine.

Keywords: COVID-19; pandemic; eating behaviours; dietary pattern; body weight.

DOI: 10.1504/IJENVH.2021.10046371

International Journal of Environment and Health, 2021 Vol.10 No.3/4, pp.243 - 269

Received: 12 May 2021
Accepted: 21 Oct 2021

Published online: 19 Apr 2022 *

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