Global Implications of COVID‑19 Pandemic on Adults’ Lifestyle Behavior: The Invisible Pandemic of Noncommunicable Disease

Sarah Musa, Ismail Dergaa, Veronica Bachiller, Helmi Ben Saad


COVID‑19 pandemic, with its subsequent lockdown and mobility restriction is a public health emergency that has obliged substantial modifications in daily routines and lifestyle of people worldwide. The drastic measures of social isolation and home confinement has impacted to a great extent the physical and psychological health. The resultant abrupt in lifestyle‑related behavior such as physical inactivity, unhealthy dietary habit, sleep disturbance, stress, tobacco use, and alcohol intake, is directly linked to the rising global burden of non‑communicable disease. This review aims at gaining a rich and extensive understanding of the potential negative impact triggered by COVID‑19 on lifestyle‑related behaviors that will influence long‑term physical and mental wellbeing. Electronic database search was conducted on PubMed, ScienceDirect, Google Scholar, and Scopus from January 1, 2020 to March 15, 2021. Data related to COVID‑19 impact on lifestyle habits were extracted from these studies. Articles were included if meeting the inclusion criteria (i.e., assessed the impact of COVID‑19 on physical inactivity and sedentary behavior, dietary habits, sleep, mental health, vitamin D, and substance use among adults. Further search was conducted to address these behavioral changes among athletes. While physical isolation is a necessary public health measure to protect the population, outcomes of this review indicate that in light of adverse lifestyle changes brought by the pandemic, noncommunicable disease remains a critical concern. Hence, adopting healthy lifestyle behavior is essentially important especially during the current time to boost immunity and reduce the risk of COVID‑19 infection. Recognizing the pandemic collateral effects offers a forward‑looking perspective to guide the government and health authorities in planning prevention and control programs that focus on resilient and sustainable behavioral change.


Athletes; dietary habit; mental health; physical activity; public health; sedentary behavior; sleep; substance use

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