COVID-19 has produced pronounced stress as we manage physical distancing or self-isolation. Feeling stressed leads some of us to crave comfort foods, which might serve as a way of coping, regardless of whether we are aware of it or not. When stress is chronic, the increased consumption of tasty comfort foods may lead to weight gain, obesity, and obesity-related diseases like diabetes and heart disease. Notably, obesity and its comorbid diseases are serious risk factors for COVID-19 complications.

This online research survey will gather data on the effects of stress, mood, and mental state on our food choices during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is concerning not only because of potential effects on the severity of COVID-19, but also because the ramifications for mental and physical health may persist over the post-pandemic period.

The Chee Lab at Carlton University is seeking participants to help understand how our food choices and eating habits shift during the COVID-19 pandemic in response to mood and mental state. Participants will complete an online survey now, in one month, and four months from now. Participants will receive a CAN$5 e-gift card for completing each survey. You are eligible if you are 18+, live in Canada or U.S., and fluent in English. Thank you in advance!

The survey is available until June 13, 202o.

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