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Thank you for your interesting in our study. We are now in Phase II and will be contacting returning participants via email to complete a 20-minute survey. Participants will receive a CAN$5 gift card for this survey completion. We look forward to hearing from you.

Piece of Cake: Food Choices During the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 has produced pronounced stress as we manage physical distancing or self-isolation. Feeling stressed leads some of us to crave comfort foods, which might serve as a way of coping, regardless of whether we are aware of it or not. When stress is chronic, the increased consumption of tasty comfort foods may lead to weight gain, obesity, and obesity-related diseases like diabetes and heart disease. Notably, obesity and its comorbid diseases are serious risk factors for COVID-19 complications.

Our online research survey will gather data on the effects of stress, mood, and mental state on our food choices during the COVID-19 quarantine. This is concerning not only because of potential effects on the severity of COVID-19, but also because the ramifications for mental and physical health may persist during the post-pandemic period.

The ethics for this project has been approved by the Research Ethics Board at Carleton University (Clearance 112909). If you have any ethical concerns about this study, please contact the Carleton University Research Ethics Board-B by phone at (613) 520-2600 ext. 4085 or by email at ethics@carleton.ca.