Changes in dietary habits of the French population have been reported during the national lockdown that was enforced due to the COVID‐19 pandemic. This study investigated whether perceived social eating norms were associated with the initiation and maintenance of dietary changes that took place as a result of lockdown. An online study collected information on (1) changes in consumption implemented during the lockdown and the maintenance of these changes, and (2) perceptions about changes in consumption implemented during lockdown by household members, relatives out of home, and the general population. The changes in consumption were classified as foods to increase or to decrease according to French national recommendations. The perception of changes to dietary habits by household members and relatives out of home was related to the changes made by individuals for each of the food categories (all p < 0.05) but not to the perception of changes made the general population. Increased consumption of foods to increase was more likely to be maintained when there was a positive perception of the changes made by household members (p = 0.03). These results highlight the influence of the perception of social eating norms, especially by household members and relatives, on the implementation of dietary changes during lockdown and suggest that social eating norms can have a lasting influence.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This research was funded by the French National Agency for Research (ANR), grant number ANR?18?CE21?0008. The APC was funded by French National Agency for Research (ANR).Acknowledgments: We would like to thank all the participants for their contribution to this study. Lastly, we would like to thank Peggy Pinard for her precious help in the design of the survey.
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- Food consumption behaviour
- Social norms
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Food Science
- Health(social science)
- Health Professions (miscellaneous)
- Plant Science