HomeAsian Journal of Resiliencevol. 2 no. 1 (2020)

Food, Nutrition, and Well-being of Filipino Adults While in Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ)

Anna Teresa Orillo | Aimee Sheree Barrion | Clarissa Juanico | Marites Yee | Diorella Marie M. Tria



The drastic lifestyle change prompted by COVID-19 has affected the overall well-being of populations. A total of 223 Filipino adults participated in a cross-sectional study exploring coping strategies related to food, nutrition, and well-being while in ECQ. The majority were from Region IV-A (70.0%), college graduates (70.4%), unemployed (40.0%), and with a household size of four to five (46.2%).They provided their needs by stocking food (89.0%), using the internet (80%), obtaining credible information (79.0%), and preparing their food (61.8%). Rice (64.67±45.08), bread (56.33±49.54), cooking oil (53.33±11.93), vegetables (53.00±30.45), and fruits (51.33±15.04) mainly comprised their meals, and more than half (57.40%) were taking nutrition supplements. Coping strategies frequently cited were relaxation-recreation (72.8%), problem-solving (68.9%), and religiosity (66.8%). Overactivity was associated with challenges pertaining to relationship with friends (r = .191, p<.01), housing (r = .133, p<.05), finances (r = .133, p<.05). and access to communication and technology (r = .149, p<.05), healthcare (r = .139, p<.05), and community services (r = .150, p<.05). It was expected that post-ECQ, more will resolve to adhere to healthy lifestyles. Active coping strategies demonstrate how individuals can use resources within reach and take responsibility for ensuring good health and well-being.