Impact of Coronavirus Disease-19 Lockdown on Egyptian Children and Adolescents: Dietary Pattern Changes Health Risk


  • Shaimaa A. Hashem Department of Child Health, National Research Centre, Dokki, Giza, Egypt
  • Amira S. El Refay Department of Child Health, National Research Centre, Dokki, Giza, Egypt
  • Hend H. Mostafa Department of Child Health, National Research Centre, Dokki, Giza, Egypt
  • Iman H. Kamel Department of Child Health, National Research Centre, Dokki, Giza, Egypt
  • Lobna S. Sherif Department of Child Health, National Research Centre, Dokki, Giza, Egypt



Coronavirus disease-19, COVID-19, Lockdown, Children and adolescents, Dietary pattern, Physical activity, Screen time


BACKGROUND: Lockdown and school closure related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have unfavorable effects on children and adolescents.

AIM: This study was conducted to survey the changes in dietary pattern and related health factors in Egyptian children and adolescents during the COVID-19 outbreak closure.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data were collected through a dietary pattern, eating behavior, and physical activity electronic questionnaire conducted through social media sites, targeting parents of children and adolescents after two whole months of lockdown and school closure in Egypt.

RESULTS: This study included 765 participants, 31.8% noted increased appetite, 45.6% reported increased sweets and unhealthy food consumption, and 37.6% showed increased frequent snacking between meals. Alongside 53.1% showed increase in late snacks during night after COVID-19 closure. The majority of our participants 82.0% noted associative change in eating behavior with boring and 94.6% revealed increased usage of electronics and screen time. This study showed significant positive correlation between increased appetite and mobile screen time, laptop screen time, and video gaming. Increased sweets and unhealthy food consumption was positively correlated with TV watching and mobile screen time. A significant positive correlation was revealed between uncaring about eating fruits and vegetables and increase screen time for each of mobile, and laptop and remote learning. Furthermore, there was positive correlation between decreased protein serving intake and each of mobile screen time and remote learning. TV watching and laptop screen times showed positively significantly association with frequent snacking between meals. Mobile screen time, TV screen time, and video gaming were positively significantly correlated with late night snacking.

CONCLUSIONS: The present study concluded prolonged lockdown leads to changes in eating patterns, related to contributing factors of physical inactivity and prolonged screen time.


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Hashem SA, El Refay AS, Mostafa HH, Kamel IH, Sherif LS. Impact of Coronavirus Disease-19 Lockdown on Egyptian Children and Adolescents: Dietary Pattern Changes Health Risk. Open Access Maced J Med Sci [Internet]. 2020 Oct. 15 [cited 2024 Apr. 21];8(T1):561-9. Available from:

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