29 June 2020 Food Adaptation During Covid-19 Invitation for the research study on food adaptation during COVID-19

Dear students,

We are living amidst COVID-19 pandemic crisis, a potential threat to the whole world. This phase of the crisis is having an immediate impact on students’ 1) education (distance learning) 2) accommodation 3) staying away from family 4) financial issues etc.

We are all going through perhaps the most trying circumstances of our lives. I am a student of University of Aberdeen (UoA). Along with guidance, I am conducting a research study as a part of my PGT program to increase the understanding on eating behaviour, how it affects the food choices and their perceptions by student community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

I am looking for volunteers for an online study that will explore the food choice aspects of students of UoA. There are two parts to this study. The first part involves completing the Dutch Eating Behaviour Questionnaire (DEBQ) questionnaire that will take about 15 minutes to complete and answering a few questions relating to your gender, age, weight, cohabitation, mode of study and department/course of study.

Based on your willingness to participate in the discussion, there will be a second part of the study. The second part involves one to one discussion with the student researcher discussing your food choices, habits, your perceptions on how the current corona virus outbreak has affected your food choices and eating behaviour. The discussion will be conducted online and shall take not more than 60 minutes. The timing of the interview will be arranged to fit with your schedule as we understand that many of you will be extremely busy at this time.

I am trying to capture your thoughts and perspectives on food choices, handling daily pressure and stress during the COVID-19 outbreak. Your responses to the questions will be kept confidential and we will ensure that personal identifiers are not revealed during the analysis and write up of findings.

There is no compensation for participating in this study. However, your participation will be a valuable addition to our research and findings could lead to greater public understanding of eating behaviour and how this is affected during the current situation.

If you are willing to participate, you can contact me through email provided below for further information on this study. If you are interested in participating in the study, you shall submit the questionnaire, link is provided in the description.

If you have any questions regarding the study, please do not hesitate to email me through - a.mohebi.19@abdn.ac.uk

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