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Changes in Diet and Food Shopping Behaviors Among Asian-American Adults Due to COVID‐19 (Obesity Science and Practice)

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California Health Interview Survey; 2001 CA Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2001); 2005 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2005); 2007 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2007); 2009 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2009); 2011 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2011); 2012 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2012); Diet and Nutrition; Obesity/Overweight; COVID-19; Asian

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Summary: COVID19 has changed diet and food shopping behaviors, but a lack of disaggregated data by racial and ethnic subgroup makes it challenging to identify whether specific populations are experiencing greater challenges in safely securing an adequate food supply and engaging in healthy eating behaviors during the pandemic. Thus, the objective of this study was to measure such changes among Asian-American (AA) adults, overall and by ethnic subgroup.

Using a nationally derived nonprobability sample, 3,084 AA adults were recruited, including 1,737 East Asian; 570 South Asian; 587 Southeast Asian; and 124 multiethnic Asian adults. Participants completed an online survey with questions related to sociodemographics, health status, and diet and food shopping behaviors, including questions related to COVID19.

Findings: Compared to other AA subgroups, a higher percentage of Asian Indian (17%), Filipino (13%), Vietnamese (12%), and Korean (11%) adults reported no longer getting food resources they were receiving before COVID19 (e.g., mobile meals, food pantry items). The percentage of Filipino (8%) and Vietnamese (7%) adults who reported not having enough money to buy food they need was also higher than other AA subgroups. And a higher percentage of Asian Indian adults (7%) reported not having a way to get to the food store since COVID19 than other AA subgroups.

Previous work has not included disaggregated data, which may mask important disparities in food access and food insecurity among people hit hardest by COVID19, such as Filipino, Vietnamese, and Asian Indian households.

Authors refer to a study using 2001, 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011–2012 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) data.


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Journal Article: Changes in Diet and Food Shopping Behaviors Among Asian-American Adults Due to COVID‐19

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