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Table 3 Changes in dietary habits compared with weight changes during the COVID-19 quarantine in Saudi Arabia (n 2255)a

From: The impact of COVID-19 quarantine on dietary habits and physical activity in Saudi Arabia: a cross-sectional study

  Total
(n = 2255)
Weight Change P Valueb
Weight Gain
(n = 859)
Weight Loss
(n = 582)
No Change
(n = 814)
Quantity of Consumed Food     < 0.001
 Increased 894 (40) 657 (29) 62 (3) 175 (8)  
 Decreased 483 (21) 16 (1) 371 (16) 96 (4)  
 No change 878 (39) 186 (8) 149 (7) 543 (24)  
Frequency of Snacking      < 0.001
 Increased 1022 (45) 641 (28) 132 (6) 249 (11)  
 Decreased 424 (19) 36 (2) 289 (13) 99 (4)  
 No change 809 (36) 182 (8) 161 (7) 466 (21)  
Frequency of Consuming Home-Cooked Food < 0.001
 Increased 1637 (73) 679 (30) 430 (19) 528 (24)  
 Decreased 87 (4) 23 (1) 40 (2) 24 (1)  
 No change 531 (23) 157 (7) 112 (5) 262 (11)  
Frequency of Consuming Food from Restaurants   < 0.001
 Increased 154 (7) 82 (4) 21 (1) 51 (2)  
 Decreased 1802 (80) 683 (30) 499 (22) 620 (28)  
 No change 299 (13) 94 (4) 62 (3) 143 (6)  
Frequency of Consuming Healthy Food    < 0.001
 Increased 1066 (47) 300 (13) 390 (18) 376 (16)  
 Decreased 282 (13) 203 (9) 28 (1) 51 (3)  
 No change 907 (40) 356 (16) 164 (7) 387 (17)  
  1. aData presented as number and percentage
  2. bDifferences between the three groups were assessed via Chi-square test