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Changes in body weight in the NutriNet Brasil cohort during the covid-19 pandemic


  • Caroline dos Santos Costa Universidade de São Paulo
  • Eurídice Martínez Steele Universidade de São Paulo
  • Maria Alvim Leite Universidade de São Paulo
  • Fernanda Rauber Universidade de São Paulo
  • Renata Bertazzi Levy Universidade de São Paulo
  • Carlos Augusto Monteiro Universidade de São Paulo



Weight Gain, Weight Loss, Sociodemographic Variables, Nutritional Status, Coronavirus Infections


This study describes body weight changes among participants of the NutriNet Brasil cohort (n = 14,259) during the covid-19 pandemic. We analyzed data reported before the pandemic onset (01/26/2020 to 03/18/2020) and about six months after (09/14/2020 to 10/19/2020). Our results show that 19.7% of the participants gained ≥ 2 kg. Weight gain was directly associated with male gender, lower education, and previous presence of overweight, and inversely associated with age. In turn, 15.2% lost ≥ 2kg, being directly associated with male gender and previous presence of overweight and inversely associated with age.


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01/05/2021 — Updated on 02/12/2021


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dos Santos Costa, C., Martínez Steele, E. ., Alvim Leite, M., Rauber, F., Bertazzi Levy , R., & Augusto Monteiro, C. (2021). Changes in body weight in the NutriNet Brasil cohort during the covid-19 pandemic. In SciELO Preprints. (Original work published 2021)


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