Increased emotional eating during COVID-19 associated with lockdown, psychological and social distress.

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Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
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Publications
Institution
Title
Increased emotional eating during COVID-19 associated with lockdown, psychological and social distress.
Journal
Appetite
Author(s)
Cecchetto C., Aiello M., Gentili C., Ionta S., Osimo S.A.
ISSN
1095-8304 (Electronic)
ISSN-L
0195-6663
Publication state
Published
Issued date
01/05/2021
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
160
Pages
105122
Language
english
Notes
Publication types: Journal Article ; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Publication Status: ppublish
Abstract
Due to the spread of COVID 2019, the Italian government imposed a lockdown on the national territory. Initially, citizens were required to stay at home and not to mix with others outside of their household (Phase 1); eventually, some of these restrictions were lifted (Phase 2). To investigate the impact of lockdown on emotional and binge eating, an online survey was conducted to compare measures of self-reported physical (BMI), psychological (Alexithymia), affective (anxiety, stress, and depression) and social (income, workload) state during Phase 1 and Phase 2. Data from 365 Italian residents showed that increased emotional eating was predicted by higher depression, anxiety, quality of personal relationships, and quality of life, while the increase of bingeing was predicted by higher stress. Moreover, we showed that higher alexithymia scores were associated by increased emotional eating and higher BMI scores were associated with both increased emotional eating and binge eating. Finally, we found that from Phase 1 to Phase 2 binge and emotional eating decreased. These data provide evidence of the negative effects of isolation and lockdown on emotional wellbeing, and, relatedly, on eating behaviour.
Keywords
Adolescent, Adult, Affective Symptoms/epidemiology, Aged, Body Mass Index, Bulimia/epidemiology, COVID-19/psychology, Emotions, Feeding Behavior/psychology, Female, Humans, Italy, Male, Middle Aged, Pandemics, Physical Distancing, Psychological Distress, Surveys and Questionnaires, Young Adult, BMI, Binge eating, COVID-19 pandemic, Emotional eating, Lockdown, Negative emotions
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Web of science
Open Access
Yes
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25/01/2021 12:29
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17/07/2024 12:03
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