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Table 6 Responses most frequently reported to open-ended questions about the impact of lockdown on dietary behaviours

From: Life in a time of COVID: a mixed method study of the changes in lifestyle, mental and psychosocial health during and after lockdown in Western Australians

  Persons (%) Males (%) Females (%)
What were the biggest differences to your diet during lockdown?
n 466 105 359
 No changes 26.8 40.0 22.7
 Cooked more 23.9 14.1 27.1
 Ate less healthy food 18.6 21.2 17.8
 Drank more alcohol 16.1 12.9 17.1
 Ate healthier food 13.5 12.9 13.4
 Consumed more food 12.7 3.5 15.6
 Had more takeaway 7.6 7.1 7.8
 Ate less food 5.9 7.1 5.6
 Drank less alcohol 3.1 1.2 3.7
 Other 3.1 3.6 2.6
What were the biggest differences to your dining practices during lockdown?
n 487 112 373
 Ate out less 48.3 49.4 48.1
 More takeaway 28.4 32.1 27.4
 More cooking at home 16.8 9.9 18.9
 No difference 16.5 23.5 14.4
 More food deliveries 8.8 3.7 10.4
 Less deliveries due to COVID fear 6.3 6.2 6.3
 Eat healthier 4.0 5.2
 More unhealthy food 2.6 3.7 1.9
 More alcohol 1.4 1.2 1.1
 Weight gain 1.4 1.2 1.5
 Other 4.0 7.4 3.0
  1. Note. Percentages (%) are based on number of responses