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Nutr Res Pract. 2021; 15 (Suppl 1): S41-S52. doi: 10.4162 / nrp.2021.15.S1.S41. Online publication as of June 30, 2021.

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND / OBJECTIVES: The curfew due to the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic could influence health behaviors in people, especially children, who can easily develop unhealthy eating habits. This study aimed to investigate the effect of COVID-19 on weight, health behaviors, including eating habits, physical activity, and sedentary behavior in children aged 6 to 15 in Saudi Arabia.

TOPICS / METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional online survey that included 280 children aged 6 to 15 in Saudi Arabia during the COVID-19 curfew. The survey included questions on socio-demographic characteristics, anthropometric measures and health-related behaviors, including eating habits, physical activity and sedentary behavior.

RESULTS: We observed a significant difference in body mass index before and after the COVID-19 pandemic (P P P

CONCLUSIONS: This study provides evidence of the negative influences of the COVID-19 curfew on health behaviors, including eating habits, physical activity and sedentary behavior among children in Saudi Arabia.

PMID: 34909132 | PMC: PMC8636387 | DOI: 10.4162 / nrp.2021.15.S1.S41