Lockdown Changed Us in Turkey Eating Behaviors, Depression Levels, and Body Weight Changes during Lockdown: An Online Survey in Turkey

Biçer N. Ç. , Baş M. , Köse G., Şenol Duru P., Baş D., Karaca Çelik E., ...More

Progress In Nutrition, vol.23, no.3, pp.1-11, 2021 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 23 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Title of Journal : Progress In Nutrition
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-11


ationwide lockdown is a proven strategy to decrease inters human transmission of the COVID-19. Prolonged home stay may be associated with some potential side effects as weight gain, depression, physical inactivity, unbalanced diet, and behavioral addiction disorders. During March-May of the social lockdown, Turkish adults (N=2955) completed an online sociodemographic form, Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) and Three Factor Eating Questionnaire (TFEQ). During lockdown, 51.1% of the participants gained weight and TFEQ, emotional and uncontrolled eating scores were increased (p<0.001). Analysis showed that body weight increase was significantly related to the TFEQ score, depression level, having a disease, decreased exercise, increased alcohol consumption, dismissal from work and reduced smoking (p<0.001). There were significant changes in uncontrolled eating, emotional eating, and cognitive restriction during the lockdown period. Additionally, changes in eating habits and physical activity may influence weight gain.