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Food Acquisition and Daily Life for U.S. Families with 4- to 8-Year-Old Children during COVID-19: Findings from a Nationally Representative Survey

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Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14214, USA
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Center for Ingestive Behavior Research, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14214, USA
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School of Public Health and Health Professions, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14214, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(4), 1734; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18041734
Received: 23 December 2020 / Revised: 3 February 2021 / Accepted: 3 February 2021 / Published: 10 February 2021
Evidence of short-term impacts of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic on family life is emerging. Continued research can shed light on potential longer-term impacts. An online survey of U.S. parents with 4- to 8-year-old children (n = 1000) was administered in October 2020. The survey examined parent-reported impacts of COVID-19 on lifestyle (e.g., work, child-care, grocery shopping), as well as current family food acquisition and eating behaviors (e.g., cooking, restaurant use). Descriptive statistics were calculated, incorporating sampling weights based on sociodemographics. In terms of COVID-19 impacts, parents reported increases in working from home, decreased work hours, and increased child care and instruction, with most children attending school or receiving care at home. Parents reported increased home cooking and online grocery shopping; only 33% reported increased take-out or delivery from restaurants. About half of parents reported that their child dined at restaurants, 62% reported getting take-out, and 57% reported delivery from restaurants at least 2–3 times per month. About half viewed dining at restaurants as safe, while take-out and delivery were seen as safe by around three-quarters. Approximately two-thirds reported recent food insecurity. These nationally-representative results illustrate possible longer-lasting shifts in family life, with the potential to impact health and well-being. Sociodemographic differences and research and policy implications are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; families; children; food acquisition; restaurants COVID-19; families; children; food acquisition; restaurants
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Ferrante, M.J.; Goldsmith, J.; Tauriello, S.; Epstein, L.H.; Leone, L.A.; Anzman-Frasca, S. Food Acquisition and Daily Life for U.S. Families with 4- to 8-Year-Old Children during COVID-19: Findings from a Nationally Representative Survey. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 1734. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18041734

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Ferrante MJ, Goldsmith J, Tauriello S, Epstein LH, Leone LA, Anzman-Frasca S. Food Acquisition and Daily Life for U.S. Families with 4- to 8-Year-Old Children during COVID-19: Findings from a Nationally Representative Survey. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(4):1734. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18041734

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Ferrante, Mackenzie J., Juliana Goldsmith, Sara Tauriello, Leonard H. Epstein, Lucia A. Leone, and Stephanie Anzman-Frasca. 2021. "Food Acquisition and Daily Life for U.S. Families with 4- to 8-Year-Old Children during COVID-19: Findings from a Nationally Representative Survey" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 4: 1734. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18041734

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