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Eating behavior among remote working adults during the COVID-19 pandemic

Chin Xuan Tan (Department of Allied Health Sciences, Faculty of Science, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kampar, Malaysia)
Shuen Dee Goh (Department of Allied Health Sciences, Faculty of Science, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kampar, Malaysia)
Seok Shin Tan (Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, School of Health Sciences, International Medical University, Bukit Jalil, Malaysia)
Seok Tyug Tan (Department of Healthcare Professional, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Management and Science University, Shah Alam, Malaysia)

Nutrition & Food Science

ISSN: 0034-6659

Article publication date: 23 March 2022

Issue publication date: 15 November 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

The Malaysian movement control order is a series of national lockdowns implemented by the Malaysian federal government to contain the spread of Coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19). The government has made it mandatory for all non-essential sectors to work remotely to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The eating behavior of working adults may have altered following the changes in working norms. This study aimed to assess the eating behavior of remote working adults during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Design/methodology/approach

A total of 159 remote working adults were recruited through a convenience sampling approach. Bodyweight and body height were self-reported by the respondents. Body mass index was calculated according to the cut-off of World Health Organization standards. The eating behavior was evaluated using the eating behavior questionnaire.

Findings

Results revealed more than half of the remote working respondents did not practice meal skipping. Irrespective of the gender, more than 70% of the respondents consumed either breakfast, lunch or dinner every day. Most of the respondents consumed vegetables, bread/rice/noodles and meat/chicken at least two times per day. Regression analysis revealed meal skipping was associated with younger people, overweight status and median monthly household income.

Originality/value

Many sectors adopted remote working systems during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is postulated that working remotely will be a new normal even after this pandemic. Until now, to the best of the authors’ knowledge, little or no data are available on assessing the eating behavior of remote working adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. This study could provide an insight into the eating behavior of adults during remote working.

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Acknowledgements

Conflict of interest: All authors declare no conflict of interest.

Citation

Tan, C.X., Goh, S.D., Tan, S.S. and Tan, S.T. (2022), "Eating behavior among remote working adults during the COVID-19 pandemic", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 52 No. 8, pp. 1302-1313. https://doi.org/10.1108/NFS-11-2021-0331

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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