Alīna Anufrijeva, Ksenija Jenbajeva, Veronika Saviča, Vija Siliņa (Scientific Advisor)

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Objectives. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was declared a pandemic by the WHO on 11.03.2020. COVID-19 related preventive measures restrict the opportunities to be physically active, therefore many people gain weight. Our aim was to study self-reported weight change in Latvian medical students during lockdown and its association with sex, age, initial BMI, affiliation, alcohol and nicotine use.
Materials and methods. A retrospective pre-post survey on medicine students from Riga Stradiņš University and University of Latvia with two cut-off points – 01-15.01.2020 and 26.03-30.04.2021 – was conducted with online questionnaire.
Results. Altogether 208 of invited medical students completed the survey. Participants’ mean age was 22.6 years (SD=2.6), 63.3% (n= 107) were females. We found that in general weight increased by 1.6 kg (SD=3.8) during lockdown (Wilcoxon test, pstudents 2.6 kg (SD=3.7), (Mann-Whitney test, U=4484.500, z=3.355, pConclusions. The majority of Latvian medical students gained weight, whereas in males and LU students weight change was the biggest. In addition, LU students’ weight gain was not gender or age associated. Moreover, those students, who drank alcohol, gained more weight.


  • COVID-19
  • Lockdown
  • Weight changes
  • Medical students

Field of Science*

  • 3.3 Health sciences

Publication Type*

  • 3.4. Other publications in conference proceedings (including local)


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