On Monday (11), the preliminary results of a study on the eating habits and behavior of Brazilians during the covid-19 pandemic were released. Conducted jointly by four universities in Minas Gerais, the survey revealed that Brazilians, due to social distance, spent more time in front of the small screens and slept more, but reduced the practice of physical activity.
The results compiled by the federal universities of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Lavras (Ufla), Ouro Preto (Ufop) and Viçosa (UFV) were published in scientific journals. Public Health Nutrition e Frontiers in Nutrition. The general objective of the research, which started about five months after the beginning of the measures of social distancing, was to verify the changes that occurred in the habits of the Brazilian population in that period.
The methodology involved the application of online questionnaires to 1,368 people of both sexes, aged from 18 years, during the months of August and September 2020. Most respondents live in the Southeast region of Brazil, and 80% of these individuals they are women. An almost unanimous characteristic (97%) is the fact that they are strictly complying with social distancing measures.
Source: Public Health Nutrition
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In a press release released by UFMG, one of the authors of the study, doctoral student in Food Science Tamires de Souza, said that the research revealed “a worsening in habits and lifestyle, and also in eating habits”.
Regarding food, respondents reduced the regularity of breakfast, snack and lunch, increasing the number of snacks at night. Quality also worsened with greater consumption of bread, farinaceous, instant meals and fast food. The use of alcoholic beverages also became more frequent, as well as the habit of smoking.
In addition, exposure time to screens and devices increased from a daily average of six hours to ten hours during the pandemic. On the other hand, the practice of physical activity was reduced from 120 minutes per week before the pandemic to 80 minutes.