Determining the Nutritional Adequacy of Individuals Living in Families with Low Income During the Pandemic Period

Determining the Nutritional Adequacy of Individuals Living in Families with Low Income During the Pandemic Period

Authors

  • Siddika Ersoy Dr

Keywords:

COVID-19, ; Nutrition; Economical situation, Pandemic; Eating habits

Abstract

Objective: Public health recommendations and governmental measures during the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in numerous restrictions on daily living including social distancing, isolation and home confinement. While these measures are essential to reduce the spread of COVID-19, it is necessary to identify the financial burden these restrictions place on families and the resulting changes in nutritional status.

Method: The research was planned as a descriptive field study. The sample of the study consisted of individuals with low income who came to the biggest market in Isparta province between January 2021 and March 2021 by random sampling method (n=268). Data were collected by questionnaire. In the questionnaire, sociodemographic data, dietary habits and changes in nutrition during the pandemic were questioned.

Results: Food consumption and meal patterns (type of food, uncontrolled eating, snacks between meals, number of main meals) were found to be more unhealthy during the stay at home. In addition, it was determined that they also experienced decreased mobility, weight gain, and chronic disease symptoms.

Conclusion: While isolation is a necessary precaution to protect public health, it has changed the eating behavior of families who have to struggle with economic difficulties in a way that compromises their health. The economic situation should also be taken into account when planning interventions to alleviate the negative lifestyle behaviors that arise during the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Published

30-12-2021