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Table 2 Dietary changes among the study participants during COVID-19 pandemic (n = 447)

From: Psychiatric morbidity and dietary habits during COVID-19 pandemic: a cross-sectional study among Egyptian Youth (14–24 years)

Dietary changes n (%
Body weight change
 No change 190 (42.5)
 Weight loss 90 (20.1)
 Weight gain 167 (37.4)
Number of meals/day
 No change 224 (50.1)
 Decreased 120 (26.8)
 Increased 103 (23.0)
Changes of dietary habits
 No change 152 (34.0)
 Poor appetite 75 (16.8)
 Increased consumption of junk food 108 (24.2)
 Increased consumption of healthy food 112 (25.1)
Emotional eating
 Not a habit at all 251 (56.2)
 A habit before COVID-19 116 (26.0)
 A new habit during COVID-19 80 (17.9)
Night eating
 Not a habit at all 157 (35.1)
 A habit before COVID-19 159 (35.6)
 A new habit during COVID-19 131 (29.3)
Consumption of carbonated beverage
 No change 228 (51.0)
 Decreased 131 (29.3)
 Increased 88 (19.7)
Consumption of caffeinated and energy drinks
 No change 222 (49.7)
 Decreased 96 (21.5)
 Increased 129 (28.9)
  1. COVID-19 coronavirus disease 2019