Impact of COVID-19 on consumption of food and health supplements among various age groups in Tamil Nadu: A cross sectional study
S Ramya, V Sureka Varalakshmi, R Chandan Bala, M Nithya
A cross sectional study using a self-administered questionnaire was designed to assess the changes in the general food habits, dietary intake and healthy food preparations to improve immunity. The study was conducted through an online platform, from 16th of June to 26th of June, 2020.Total of 707 participants completed the questionnaire. It includes 243 (34%) males and 464(66%) females between the age group of 18-80 years. The collected data were analyzed by using Microsoft excel software. Increase in the quality and quantity of healthy food intake was seen in 353 participants and maximum response (57.1%) were obtained from 26-40 age group.376 participants consume health supplements and 53.8% response was seen in 18-25 age group. This study shows more self-awareness and acceptance of changes towards healthy food consumption and intake of health supplements as a preventive measure among all the age groups.