The Impact of Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic on Food Purchasing, Eating Behavior, and Perception of Food Safety in Kuwait

Dana AlTarrah, Entisar AlShami, Nawal Al-Hamad, Fatemah AlBesher, Devarajan Sriraman

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Abstract

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the government in Kuwait implemented public health
measures to control the spread of the virus. However, despite the importance of these restrictions,
normal activities related to purchasing of groceries, concerns related to food safety, and overall uncertainty
may have influenced food behaviors and food consumption. Hence, the study investigates
the impact of COVID-19 on food purchasing behaviors, eating behaviors, and the perception of
food safety and security among residents in Kuwait. A cross-sectional study was carried out using
self-administered questionnaires between 28 July 2020 and 31 August 2020 during the COVID-19
pandemic in Kuwait. A total of 841 respondents participated in the study. The study identified
several changes in food purchasing behaviors, eating behaviors, food consumption, and consumers
perceptions on food safety during the pandemic. The closures, restrictions, and changes in food
purchasing evidently influenced individual’s eating behaviors. Largely, participants were found to
(i) change their food purchasing behavior (74%); (ii) opt for online food delivery services (42.8%);
(iii) purchase long-shelf-life foods (e.g., canned food and dry staples) (76%); (iv) consume more
meals at home (76%); and (v) follow public health measures to reduce the spread of the virus and
ensure their safety (98%). This study indicates that individuals during times of uncertainty and
stress change their food purchasing behaviors, food consumption habits, and follow guidelines and
recommendations. These findings may help public health initiatives to focus on raising awareness
about the importance of health, wellbeing, and nutrition during times of crises.
Original languageEnglish
Article number13168987
JournalSustainability
Volume13
Issue number8987
Publication statusPublished - 11 Aug 2021

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