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Study to Assess Eating Disorder among Female Medical Students

Mallikarjun K Biradar, Santosh M Biradar, and K J Shashank
Department of Community Medicine, BLD University's Shri B.M.Patil Medical College, Bijapur
Abstract—Background: The eating disorders are a common health problem among adolescent females. The diagnoses of eating disorders are often missed by primary physicians because of varied and vague presentation. Aims and objectives: To assess the eating disorder problems among female medical students. Materials and methods: Cross sectional study was carried out on female medical students of BLDE University's Shri B M Patil Medical College, Bijapur. Oral questionnaire pertaining to eating disorder were distributed to students. Data was analyzed using proportions. Results: Of 130 students participated in the study, 19 (14.6%) were found to be having an eating disorder. Out of 19 students who had an eating disorder, 16 (84.2%) worried that they have lost control over eating and 14 (73.6%) said that food dominates their life. All the 19 (100%) who had an eating disorder believed that they are fat and didn't engaged in self- induced vomiting. Diet and exercise 6 (31.6%), was the common preventive measure taken to overcome eating disorder. Conclusion: SCOFF questionnaire was found to be an appropriate instrument for screening of eating disorders symptoms in adolescent populations. 

Index Terms—anorexia nervosa, bulimia, eating disorder, SCOFF

Cite: Mallikarjun K Biradar, Santosh M Biradar, and K J Shashank, "Study to Assess Eating Disorder among Female Medical Students," International Journal of Life Sciences Biotechnology and Pharma Research, Vol. 2, No. 4, pp. 241-244, October 2013.
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