PREVALENCE AND ASSOCIATED FACTORS OF EATING DISORDERS AMONG STUDENTS IN TAIBA UNIVERSITY, SAUDI ARABIA: A CROSS-SECTIONAL STUDY
This cross-sectional study aimed to determine the prevalence and associated factors of eating disorders among health specialties students in Taiba University. Stratified and systematic random sampling technique were employed to select 342 students. The validated Eating Attitude Test (EAT-26) was used to measure eating disorders. The majority aged ≤22 years (64.6%), 25.4% were overweight and 9.9% were obese. High risk eating disorders was reported by 28.7% of respondents. The majority had GPA of ≤2.49. High risk eating disorders was significantly higher among females (OR=2.6, 95%CI 1.6-4.2), among those aged ≤22 years (OR=2.2, 95%CI 2.2-3.8), among those who had a GPA more than 2.49 (OR=2.2, 95%CI 1.2-4.3) and among those who are obese compared to underweight (OR= 3.1,95% CI 1.6-9.0). In conclusion, high risk eating disorders was relatively high and it was associated with gender, BMI, age and GPA.
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