PREVALENCE OF EATING DISORDERS AMONG MEDICAL STUDENTS

  1. DR. ANAB FAROOQI, BAHAWAL VICTORIA HOSPITAL BAHAWALPUR
  2. DR. SAFIA LIAQAT, ISRA UNIVERSITY HYDERABAD
  3. DR. MIRZA RAEES, RURAL HEALTH CENTRE BHABRA DISTRICT SARGODHA
Corresponding Author: Dr. Safia Liaqat, Isra University Hyderabad, safialiaqat85@gmail.com
DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4016267
Cite this article as: Farooqi A, Liaqat S, Raees M. Prevalence of eating disorders among medical students. Int. J. Med. Dent. Allied Health Sci. 2020;2(9). 305-09

ABSTRACT: An eating disorder is a mental disorder defined by abnormal eating habits that negatively affect a person’s physical and/or mental health. In the developed world, anorexia affects about 0.4% and bulimia affects about 1.3% of young women each year. This survey study was conducted among different medical and dental college students of different medical and dental colleges. Different questions regarding height, weight, eating habits were asked. The students were asked to fill EAT-26 and SCOFF questionnaires. A total of 137 medical and dental students participated in the study. Out of 137, only 89 students returned the proforma. There were 59 males and 30 females in the study. The mean age of the students was 21.89±1.67 years. Around fifteen percent of the students were diagnosed with mental health disorder and fifty two percent were undergoing active stressors.

Keywords: Eating Disorder, Mental Health Disorders, Medical Students, Dental Students