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Int J Prev Med. 2016 Apr 14;7:67. doi: 10.4103/2008-7802.180413. eCollection 2016.

Disordered Eating Attitudes Among University Students in Kuwait: The Role of Gender and Obesity.

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Arab Centre for Nutrition, Manama, Bahrain.
Department of Community Medicine, College of Medicine and Medical Sciences, Arabian Gulf University, Manama, Bahrain.
Department of Mathematics, College of Science, University of Bahrain, Sakheer, Bahrain.



This study aimed to highlight the proportion of disordered eating attitudes among university students in Kuwait by gender and obesity.


A sample of 530 Kuwaiti university students was selected from four universities in Kuwait (203 men and 327 women). The eating attitudes test-26 was used to determine disordered eating attitudes.


The prevalence of disordered eating attitudes was 31.8% and 33.6% among men and women respectively. Obese students of both genders had doubled the risk of disordered eating attitudes compared to nonobese students (odds ratio 1.99 and 1.98, respectively).


About one third of university students in Kuwait had disordered eating attitudes. There is an urgent need to prevent and treat disordered eating attitudes in university students in Kuwait.


Arab; eating disorders; obesity; university students

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