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Psychological Aspects and Eating Habits during COVID-19 Home Confinement: Results of EHLC-COVID-19 Italian Online Survey

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Section of Clinical Nutrition and Nutrigenomic, Department of Biomedicine and Prevention, University of Tor Vergata, Via Montpellier 1, 00133 Rome, Italy
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School of Specialization in Food Sciences, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Via Montpellier 1, 00133 Rome, Italy
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Predictive and Preventive Medicine Research Unit, Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital IRCCS, 00165 Rome, Italy
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Department of Physic, University of Rome Sapienza, P.zza Aldo Moro 5, 00185 Rome, Italy
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Department of Health Sciences, University of Milan, Via A. Di Rudinì, 8, 20142 Milan, Italy
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Unitelma Sapienza, University of Rome Sapienza, Via Regina Elena, 295, 00161 Rome, Italy
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Department of Experimental Medicine, University of Rome Sapienza, Rome 00161, Italy
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Nutrients 2020, 12(7), 2152; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12072152
Received: 19 June 2020 / Revised: 4 July 2020 / Accepted: 16 July 2020 / Published: 19 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nutrition within and beyond Corona Virus)
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the population with consequences on lifestyles. The aim of the study was to analyse the relationship between eating habits, mental and emotional mood. A survey was conducted online during social isolation, from 24 April to 18 May 2020, among the Italian population. A total of 602 interviewees were included in the data analysis. A high percentage of respondents experienced a depressed mood, anxious feelings, hypochondria and insomnia (61.3%, 70.4%, 46.2% and 52.2%). Almost half of the respondents felt anxious due to the fact of their eating habits, consumed comfort food and were inclined to increase food intake to feel better. Age was inversely related to dietary control (OR = 0.971, p = 0.005). Females were more anxious and disposed to comfort food than males (p < 0.001; p < 0.001). A strength of our study was represented by the fact that the survey was conducted quickly during the most critical period of the Italian epidemic lockdown. As the COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing, our data need to be confirmed and investigated in the future with larger population studies. View Full-Text
Keywords: SarsCoV2; COVID-19; lockdown; psychological effects; emotional eating; lifestyle; eating behaviours SarsCoV2; COVID-19; lockdown; psychological effects; emotional eating; lifestyle; eating behaviours
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Di Renzo, L.; Gualtieri, P.; Cinelli, G.; Bigioni, G.; Soldati, L.; Attinà, A.; Bianco, F.F.; Caparello, G.; Camodeca, V.; Carrano, E.; Ferraro, S.; Giannattasio, S.; Leggeri, C.; Rampello, T.; Lo Presti, L.; Tarsitano, M.G.; De Lorenzo, A. Psychological Aspects and Eating Habits during COVID-19 Home Confinement: Results of EHLC-COVID-19 Italian Online Survey. Nutrients 2020, 12, 2152.

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