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Diet, alcohol, physical activity, and BMI during the COVID pandemic, among cancer survivors
  • Publication Type:
    Conference presentation
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  • Authors:
    Lally P, Roberts A, Ireland V, Conway R, Esser S, Croker H, Fisher A, Beeken R
  • Name of Conference:
    European Health Psychology Society Conference 2021
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Background: This study aimed to investigate whether cancer survivors are meeting the World Cancer Research Fund recommendations during the COVID pandemic, and whether they perceived that this changed during the first UK lockdown (23rd March - 4th July 2020). Methods: ASCOT is a Randomised Controlled Trial of a brief health behaviour intervention in breast, colorectal and prostate cancer patients. Participants were recruited between 2015 and 2019. In September 2020 participants were invited to complete an additional questionnaire to capture the impact of COVID on their behaviours, including moderate-vigorous physical activity (MVPA, measured using the GLTEQ), fibre, fat (scales adapted from the DINE), fruit and vegetable consumption, and alcohol intake (items adapted from the AUDIT-C). Weight and height were collected to calculate BMI. 754 participants completed this questionnaire. Findings: Most participants are not meeting guidelines for BMI (57%), fruit and vegetables (63%), fibre (81%) or MVPA (57%). For fat and alcohol, the proportions not adhering were lower (42% and 10% respectively). The majority of participants reported that they had not experienced a change during the first UK lockdown. However 21%, 28% and 19% reported an increase in savoury snack, sweet snack and alcohol consumption respectively (compared to 10%, 9%, and 10% reporting a decrease), and 33% reported an increase in weight (17% a decrease). For MVPA 29% reported a decrease and 21% reported an increase. Discussion: Understanding which cancer survivors experienced unhealthy changes in their behaviours could support targeted interventions.
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