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Arch Iran Med. 2018;21(3): 111-117.
PMID: 29688736
Scopus ID: 85065472985
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Eating Disorders Among Female Students of Taif University, Saudi Arabia

Azza Ali Abd El-Azeem Taha 1,2*, Hany Ahmed Abu-Zaid 1, Dalia El-Sayed Desouky 1,2

1 Departments of Family and Community Medicine, College of Medicine and Applied Medical Sciences, Taif University, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Menoufia University, Egypt
Corresponding Author: Azza Ali Abd El-Azeem Taha, PhD; Departments of Family and Community Medicine, College of Medicine and Applied Medical Scii ences, Taif University, Saudi Arabia, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Menoufia University, Egypt. Address: Taif City, Saudi Arabia. Tel: +966534929446 azzaali55555@yahoo.com

Abstract

Background: Eating disorders are a common health problem among adolescents, and females are especially vulnerable to them. There is lack of information on the prevalence of eating disorders in Saudi Arabia. The current study aimed to investigate the prevalence of eating disorders among female undergraduate university students in Taif city, Saudi Arabia.

Methods: The study was undertaken in the female section at Taif  university from November 1, 2016 to March 30, 2017. Eating Attitudes Test (EAT-26) was used to determine the prevalence of eating disorders. The questionnaire was distributed among undergraduate students and their anthropometric measurements were assessed after obtaining their consent. The sample included 1200 university students with a median age of 21 years (range 17–33). Nonparametric tests were used to assess relationship between variables. Chi-squared test was used to compare items of the disordered eating attitudes and behaviors between positive and negative EAT respondents.

Results: Using the cutoff score of 20 on EAT-26 test, 35.4% of the students were classified at risk for eating disorders. Medical and obese students achieved the highest significant EAT scores. 

Conclusion: A high prevalence of eating disorders was found among females at Taif university, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Our findings call for prevention of these disorders and we recommend establishing a national screening program among Saudi university female students for early detection and management of these problems.

Keywords: Anorexia nervosa, Bulimia, Eating disorders, Females, Taif, University students
Cite this article as: Taha AA, Abu-Zaid HA, Desouky DE. Eating disorders among female students of Taif University, Saudi Arabia. Arch Iran Med. 2018;21(3):111–117.
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Submitted: 15 May 2017
Accepted: 24 Dec 2017
ePublished: 01 Mar 2018
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