The Impact of WFH on Eating Habits

Authors

  • Israa E. Abdulaal Department of Health Sciences, College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Princess Nourh Bint Abdul Rahman University, Riyadh, KSA.
  • Noara Alhusseini Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Public Health Department, College of medicine, Alfaisal University, KSA.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.54293/smhj.v4i2.102

Keywords:

Work from home, Eating habits, Saudi Arabia, Faculty members, COVID-19, Food quality, Food quantity, Pandemic, Remote working.

Abstract

Background: In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, working environments globally adopted work-from-home practices, including in the higher education sector in Saudi Arabia. The shift changed the dietary habits, affecting everyone's life, including faculty staff.

Purpose: To study the association between working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic and eating habits among PNU faculty members in Saudi Arabia.

Methods:  A cross-sectional study was conducted by distributing a validated survey to the faculty members at Princess Nourah University in Saudi Arabia. Chi-square test, McNemar test, and paired sample t-test were performed to compare the quality and quantity of consumed food and the associations between eating habits and working from the office or from home. A p-value <0.05 was considered statistically significant.

Results: A total of 303 faculty members completed the questionnaire. Key results showed that 32% and 18% reported significantly healthier eating habits (P<0.001), 47% and 28% ate home-cooked meals (p<0.001), and there was no difference in the quality of food scores (12.85+2.66 and 12.77+2.65) for working from home and the office respectively.

Conclusion: A shift in dietary habits among university faculty members in Saudi Arabia was noted due to the changes in working patterns from an office-based system to working from home and back. These changes were mostly positive for those working from home.

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Published

2024-04-27

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Abdulaal IE, Alhusseini N. The Impact of WFH on Eating Habits. SMHJ [Internet]. 2024 Apr. 27 [cited 2024 Jul. 23];4(2):64-7. Available from: https://www.smh-j.com/smhj/article/view/102

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