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The pandemic affected our eating habits, from the products we bought to their price. Below are some other changes caused by the lock.
The pandemic has affected many aspects of our lives, including our drinking and eating. In several reports presented at the annual meeting of the American Nutrition Society, researchers spotted trends in our habits, not all to improve.
CNN reported in some of the most significant changes we have experienced with our eating habits through the pandemic. Here are four:
Eat less healthy
Consumption of unhealthy snacks and desserts increased significantly. Throughout the pandemic, people were more likely to snack and drink chips, cookies, sugary coffees, teas and soft drinks.
When it comes to eating healthy foods, the consumption of whole vegetables and grains decreased over the past year. “This decline was most pronounced among women, black participants, and Latino students and participants who earned at least five pounds or more since 2018,” said Caroline Um, a postdoctoral fellow at the American Cancer Society.
More pandemic weight jokes
One study that examined the impact on children when families commented on their weight found that these behaviors internalized weight bias. According to the study, just three such comments a month were enough to affect children. It has been found that this type of internalization and weight bias predicts weight gain in the future, promoting unhealthy eating habits and lifestyle decisions.
More grocery shopping online
During the early days of the pandemic, many people ordered their groceries to minimize their contact with germs and other people. During the months of March and April 2020, 18,000 households were surveyed. A third of them were ordering groceries online due to the pandemic and convenience.
Rising food prices
Finally, Tufts University research found that there was a link between local governments imposing high-level restrictions on their community and higher food prices. The data were found by analyzing food and consumer goods prices in different U.S. counties, comparing them to community COVID-19 restrictions.
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