COVID-19, Religious Coping, and Weight Change in the Orthodox Jewish Community.

Pirutinsky S, Cherniak AD, Rosmarin DH

J Relig Health - (-) - [2021-02-21; online 2021-02-21]

Given links between stress and obesity, it is likely that individuals gained weight during the COVID-19 lockdown. Research suggests that religiosity facilitates coping, which may have lessened the relationship between stress and weight gain during the COVID-19 lockdown. We examined this relationship among Orthodox Jews (n = 731). Results indicated that stress was marginally associated with weight gain, and that this was moderated by intrinsic religiosity (IR). For those with low IR, stress correlated with weight gain, while for those with mean or higher IR, stress and weight change were unrelated. Results suggest that for some, religiosity may moderate links between stress and weight gain during times of crisis.

Category: Public Health

Type: Journal article

PubMed 33611679

DOI 10.1007/s10943-021-01196-8

Crossref 10.1007/s10943-021-01196-8

pii: 10.1007/s10943-021-01196-8

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