Leon, K., Arguello, P.
Blog on how the pandemic has affected the diets of adolescents and youth in Latin America and carribean. The results showed difficulties in accessing healthy foods and their main barriers: having less money to buy (69%), and fear of contracting the virus (34%). During the COVID-19 crisis, there has also been an increase in consumption of sugary drinks (35%), snacks and sweets (32%), and fast food and convenience products (29%); and a decrease in consumption of fruits and vegetables (33%) and water (12%).U-Reporters also mentioned a decrease in physical activity. 52% reported that they were less physically active compared to pre-pandemic times. While 33% reported no physical activity and 25% were less than one hour per week physically active. In the other hand, only 7% did practice more than 6 hours per week of physical activity.
- COVID-19 Pandemic
- Latin America
- Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs)
- Adolescents (boys and/or girls 10-19 years old)
- Adults (men and/or women 19+ years old)