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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on many individual's lives and their families. It has caused many people to change their lifestyles and daily routines. This project focuses on how diet has changed during the COVID pandemic and explores the reasons for these diet changes. 23 patients from the Central Vermont Medical Center were given surveys and their responses were analyzed and recorded. Out of the 23 patients, 20 patients reported that they noticed a change in their diet as a result of COVID 19. Of the 20 patients who noticed a change in their diet, 5 reported that their diet was more healthy, 11 reported that their diet was less healthy and 4 noted a balance of healthy and unhealthy changes during the pandemic. The two most frequently cited reasons for diet changes included going to the grocery store less often and engaging in compulsive eating. Understanding how diet is being affected during this pandemic is extremely important. The impact of temporary changes in diet due to the pandemic can result in permanent lifestyle changes that can result in health consequences and a number of chronic diseases, including coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and some cancers.
Central Vermont Medical Center
Berlin, Diet, COVID, CVMC, food insecurity, obesity
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Nathan, Cinduja, "Challenges with Diet during the COVID Pandemic" (2021). Family Medicine Clerkship Student Projects. 645.