Evaluating the Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic on Nutritional Habits and Supplementary Food Use in Dietetic Students
Ayse Demet Karaman1*, Beyza Hilal Ermis2, Ferit Cobanoglu3 and Didem Peren Aykas4
1Department of Dairy Technology, Faculty of Agriculture, Aydın Adnan Menderes University, Aydın, Turkey
2Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Faculty of Health Sciences, Aydın Adnan Menderes University, Aydın, Turkey
3Department of Agricultural Economy, Faculty of Agriculture, Aydın Adnan Menderes University, Aydın, Turkey
4Department of Food Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Aydın Adnan Menderes University, Aydın, Turkey
*Corresponding Author: Ayse Demet Karaman, Department of Dairy Technology, Faculty of Agriculture, Aydın Adnan Menderes University, Aydın, Turkey.
November 17, 2021; Published: November 25, 2021
Nutrition and its role in coronavirus disease have gained significant attention, but the dietetic students’ nutritional behaviors are not well-known. Therefore, this study investigates the changes in nutritional habits and the usage of food supplements during the Covid-19 pandemic in nutrition and dietetics students. A total of 211 students from the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th classes in the Faculty of Health Sciences Department of Nutrition and Dietetics in Adnan Menderes University (ADU) were attended this analytical survey, and it was carried out through online Google docs forms. A total of 186 female (88.2%) and 25 male (11.8%) students attended the survey, while a few worked and studied. Even though there was no change in the number of students’ meals between before and during the pandemic, the average body weight in kg increased (1.26 kg) during the pandemic. The average body weight (kg) of the students was increased by approximately 1.26 kg via pandemic, although there was no change in the number of meals of students before and during the pandemic. The intake of the food supplements, including Vitamin D, multivitamins, probiotics, did not change significantly, but the Vitamin C intake was significantly increased during the Covid-19 pandemic (p 0.05). On the other hand, negative emotional moods were increased during the pandemic. Generally, students’ eating habits were more effective than their demographic properties on depression and universities shaping essential roles in the students’ food choices. Therefore, it is crucial for college students to take classes related to nutrition and improve their and other adults’ knowledge of food and nutrition. Furthermore, mask, distance, and hygiene are the three preventive strategies on Covid-19 and other viral pandemics, and quality sleep, balanced eating habits, and physical activity should be promoted for a long-term healthy life.
Keywords:Dietetics; Student; Covid-19; Nutrition Habits; Factors
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