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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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1
Arab Centre for Nutrition, Manama, Bahrain.
2
Department of Community Medicine, College of Medicine and Medical Sciences, Arabian Gulf University, Manama, Bahrain.
3
Department of Mathematics, College of Science, University of Bahrain, Sakheer, Bahrain.

Abstract

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). The eating attitudes test-26 was used to determine disordered eating attitudes.

RESULTS:

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).

CONCLUSIONS:

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.

KEYWORDS:

Arab; eating disorders; obesity; university students

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