The prevalence of eating disorders has increased dramatically during the recent decades in both developing and developed countries, especially among young people.It was reported that the proportion of eating disorders among children and adolescents in Western countries is higher than that of type 1 diabetes.The total prevalence of disordered eating attitudes was 31.8% and 33.6% among men and women, respectively.
Therefore, it is expected that the disordered eating attitudes will also to be high among university students.
Thus, the aim of this short study was to answer two questions: How high is the prevalence of disordered eating attitudes among university males and females in Kuwait?
The age of students ranged between 19 and 26 years.
The mean age of men was 21.5 ± 3.5 year, compared to 20.6 ± 2.6 year for women (P The test consists of 26 statements related to various aspects of eating attitudes, and the answer to each is chosen from the following options: Always, usually, often, sometimes, rarely, or never. Based on the statistical calculation, it was found that participant was considered at risk of disorders eating attitudes and needed to be evaluated further by mental health professional when the total score was 20 or above.
The risk of disordered eating attitudes among obese men and women was significantly twice that found among their nonobese counterparts (odds ratios 1.99 [95% CI: 1.03-3.86], P Disordered eating attitudes include a wide range of symptoms, such as dieting, eating attitudes, weight concern, binge eating, anorexia, and bulimia.
This study confirms the existence of disordered eating attitudes among university students in Kuwait.
Background: This study aimed to highlight the proportion of disordered eating attitudes among university students in Kuwait by gender and obesity.
Methods: A sample of 530 Kuwaiti university students was selected from four universities in Kuwait (203 men and 327 women).
eating disorders can be defined as abnormal eating habits that can threaten people's health or even people's life.