Background: The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has created challenges that have caused profound changes in health behaviors. This study aimed to explore how COVID-19 is affecting the health-related quality of life (QoL) among Chinese adults. Methods: The data of health-related behaviors and QoL were collected via online surveys from 2289 adults (mean age = 27.8 ± 12 years) who had been isolated at home for an average of 77 days. Results: More than 50% of the respondents reported that their time engaged in daily physical activity (PA) decreased, while sedentary behavior (SB) time increased compared with that before the lockdown. Only 20% of the respondents reported engaging in moderate-to-vigorous PA, 23% of adults reported changed their diets to be healthier, and 30% reported consuming more vegetables, fruits, and milk products than before home-isolation. During home-isolation, 75.2% of the adults rated their sleep quality as very good, and 65% reported that they were satisfied with their QoL. Sleep quality mediated the relationship between PA and QoL. Conclusion: The two-to-three-month home-isolation has had mixed effects on adult health behaviors in China. The participants were found to have focused more on their eating quality and patterns, which had a positive influence on their QoL. However, people should be encouraged to exercise at home with limited space to maintain a generally healthy lifestyle during a prolonged quarantine.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||17|
|Journal||International journal of environmental research and public health|
|State||Published - Aug 1 2020|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The study was funded by the start-up plan for new young teachers grant (Grant AF4150043) and Zhiyuan Foundation (Grant CP2014013) from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. Acknowledgments: We would like to thank for Huilian Zhu from Sun Yat-sen University and Guangdong Nutrition Society for her generosity of providing their online nutritional survey and for participants for their contribution to the study.
Funding: The study was funded by the start-up plan for new young teachers grant (Grant AF4150043) and Zhiyuan Foundation (Grant CP2014013) from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China.
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- Physical activity
- Sedentary behavior
PubMed: MeSH publication types
- Journal Article
- Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't