PhD Candidate in Sociology at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine @ University of West Indies - St. Agustin
Fareena Alladin is a PhD Candidate in Sociology at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine (UWI-STA). She is also an Instructor at the Department of Behavioural Sciences, The UWI-STA, where she teaches courses in introductory statistics, research methods and health sociology. As a researcher, her interests focus on sociological issues affecting eating behaviour, research methods and statistics education.
Geographical location : Trinidad and Tobago
Research Area and Interest : sociological issues affecting eating behaviour, research methods and statistics education.
- Summary: The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted persons’ food consumption patterns while highlighting and exacerbating existing disparities in food availability and accessibility. Using Bourdieu’s social constructivism and the Community Nutrition Environment Model, the present study explored changes in healthy and unhealthy food consumption before and during the pandemic, as well as the role of cultural capital, food availability, and accessibility. An online survey of persons residing in Trinidad and Tobago (n = 386) was conducted between July and October 2021 to investigate household availability, accessibility, and individual consumption of healthy and unhealthy food items. Data analysis was performed using SPSS 26.0 There were significant differences in food availability, accessibility, and consumption comparing before and during the pandemic. Generally, consumption of both healthy and unhealthy food items decreased. Significant differences in consumption during the pandemic were found to be based on educational level and relationship status, but not on sex. Moreover, food consumption during the pandemic was found to significantly differ based on objectivized and incorporated capital, but not family institutional capital. While these results indicate differences in food availability, accessibility and consumption before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, they also highlight the role of cultural capital and point to the need for future studies on the ways in which the pandemic has affected multiple facets of social life.