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Prevalence of Eating Disorders among Students of Quest University, Nawabshah, Pakistan

Yasir Akbar Jamali; Salma Farrukh Memon; Zulfiqar Ali Lagahri; Jamshed Warsi; Ashique Ali Arain

This worked was aimed at evaluating the increased risk of engineering students with eating disorders at the University of QUEST Nawab Shah, Sindh, Pakistan, using self-administered questionnaires. If this disorder is early diagnosed, evaluated and better treatment is provided, chances of full recovery are better. We planned to conduct a survey to identify the frequency of such disturbances among engineering students and address various strategies. A cross-sectional, descriptive study was conducted among 427 QUEST University engineering students. Data were collected using two renowned self-administered questionnaires on eating disorders. One is SCOFF and the other is Eating Attitude Test (EAT) – 26 Questionnaire. Body Mass Index (BMI) of subjects was also measured. The data was sorted and analyzed in SPSS version 16. According to the Eating Attitude Test (EAT-26), 35.9% of participants were found to be at the high-risk of Eds. According to the SCOFF, 48.9% of participants were found to be at the high-risk of Eds. Eds risk more detected in female participants than male participants. Risk of Eds also present in Participants with normal BMI. Our findings highlight the prevalence of eating disorder very high in engineering students. It is concluded that a significant number of students, particularly women and underage persons, are more likely to develop eating disorders. It has been suggested that strategies should be advised to prevent the occurrence of such diseases among students.

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