21 Jun Side effects of quarantine and isolation on eating behavior: we help you.
Quarantine and isolation measures have been key strategies in prevention, containment and reduction of SARs-COV-2 pandemic. However, these measures have led to changes in our lifestyle that will need to be studied in the long term.
Recent studies such as the review published by Lancet specified the psychological stress derived from this situation and aggravated by feelings of frustration, boredom, insecurity or fear, that relates to the risk of not having adequate supplies, economic crisis, getting infected or dying. This situation changes the normal functioning of the body, increasing the tendency to adopt an unhealthy lifestyle.
In recent years, the relationship between stress and eating behaviour has been studied; most people under stress tend to eat more processed foods, reduce their intake of fresh fruits and vegetables, incorporate high glycemic index foods (such as sweetened drinks or chocolate) and increase their consumption of alcoholic beverages (wine and liquors). This behavior is especially emphasized in those people who, under stress, use food to feel better.
However, current studies alert us that these behaviors do not help in stress management. In a recent study it was shown that a higher consumption of unrefined carbohydrates (rich in fiber) was significantly related to a lower risk of depression and anxiety compared to the control group.
Therefore, at Institut Khuab we analyzed «emotional eating», acting on the causes and effects derived from stress, as well as, adapting and redirecting the nutritional recommendations.