"Your Diet is a Bank Account; Good Food Choices are Good Investment"; COVID-19 and Dieting

  • Asifa Siraj Pak Emirates Military Hospital/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan,
  • Zainah Kashif Beaconhouse School, Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Uzma Urooj Pak Emirates Military Hospital/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Uzma Saleem Pak Emirates Military Hospital/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
Keywords: Balanced diet, COVID-19, Dietary habits, Severity of COVID-19, Weight loss

Abstract

Objective: To gain insight into the relationship between dieting and unhealthy eating habits with COVID-19 infections and complications.

Study Design: Cross-sectional survey.

Place and Duration of Study: Pak Emirates Military Hospital, Rawalpindi Pakistan during the month of Jan 2021.

Methodology: This study was carried out through a web-based survey. Google forms were used. It included questions exploring dietary habits, weight changes, weight loss methods, COVID-19 status and severity of symptoms, including ten Open-ended questions and seven closed-ended questions.

Results: A total of 314 participants responded to the survey. They were divided into two groups, Group-A and Group-B. The mean age of the participants was 24.3±4.9 years. Group-A participants were doing dieting during last three years off and on as well as had more severe symptoms of COVID-19. On the other hand, Group-B had mild symptoms of COVID-19. Regarding COVID-19 status, 294(92%) participants in the study recovered from COVID-19, and 30(9.5%) participants suffered from COVID-19 at the time of the survey. The results concluded a positive correlation between the type and duration of dieting and severity of COVID-19 symptoms as well as in weight loss of more than 8kg with COVID-19 symptoms.

Conclusion: Among various factors contributing to the extension and severity of COVID-19, dieting represents one of the possible causes of the severity of symptoms of COVID-19. Understanding its importance is of paramount significance and needs further evaluation.

 

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Published
2022-12-29
How to Cite
Siraj, A., Kashif, Z., Urooj, U., & Saleem, U. (2022). "Your Diet is a Bank Account; Good Food Choices are Good Investment"; COVID-19 and Dieting. Pakistan Armed Forces Medical Journal, 72(6), 1878-81. https://doi.org/10.51253/pafmj.v72i6.6262
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