Acta Scientific Nutritional Health (ASNH)(ISSN: 2582-1423)

Research Article Volume 5 Issue 10

Effect of Covid-19 on Food Consumption Pattern of Indian Adolescent Girls

Jyoti Singh1* and Nikita Wadhawan2

1Research Scholar, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, MPUAT, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
2Assistant Professor, Department of Renewable Energy Engineering, MPUAT, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

*Corresponding Author: Jyoti Singh, Research Scholar, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, MPUAT, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India.

Received: July 12, 2021; Published: September 24, 2021


  Since the beginning of 2020, coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has become a major public health issue. Adolescences constitute about 21 percent of Indian population. It is an important phase of human life and the habits form during this period can last longer. This sudden outbreak of pandemic can have an impact on their dietary patterns. Therefore, current study was undertaken to assess the effect of COVID-19 on food consumption pattern of adolescent girls. For carrying out the investigation, 120 urban adolescent girls aged 13-18 years were purposively selected from two schools of Udaipur district, Rajasthan. A well-structured interview schedule consisted of food frequency list was prepared and pretested. Data on food consumption pattern before and during COVID-19 was collected from selected samples through personal interview in month of march 2021, keeping in mind COVID-19 guidelines. SPSS version 26 was used for analysing all the data. The findings of the study revealed that COVID-19 had affected consumption pattern of food such as ginger, garlic, fruits such as banana, kinoo, apple, grapes, non-vegetarian food such as mutton, chicken, fish, beverages such as lemon water, turmeric milk, herbal tea, carbonated beverages and junk foods. COVID-19 had marginally improved the consumption pattern of immunity booster’s food among adolescent girls.

Keywords: Covid-19; Food Consumption Pattern; Food Groups; Adolescent Girls; Immunity


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Citation: Jyoti Singh and Nikita Wadhawan. “Effect of Covid-19 on Food Consumption Pattern of Indian Adolescent Girls". Acta Scientific Nutritional Health 5.10 (2021): 77-87.


Copyright: © 2021 Jyoti Singh and Nikita Wadhawan. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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