Volume 13, Issue 40 (Sep 2003)                   J Mazandaran Univ Med Sci 2003, 13(40): 70-78 | Back to browse issues page

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Zarghami M, Çhimeh N. Study of abnormal attitudes frequency towards eating and the related factors in the high school students of Sari township in the academic year of 2002- 2003 . J Mazandaran Univ Med Sci. 2003; 13 (40) :70-78
URL: http://jmums.mazums.ac.ir/article-1-776-en.html
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Background and purpose: Ône of the prevalent psychological disorders mainly occuring at the end of adulescence and beginning of younghood is eating disorder. Their prevalence has been estimated to be about 4%. These disorders have different important complications such as, malnutrition and growth disorders. Studies have indicated that abnormal eating attitudes are predisposing of these disorders. Several epidemiologic studies show wide variation in prevalence of these abnormal attitudes and their influencing factors. Since determining of frequency distribution and the influencing factors have very important role in performing preventive plan, this study was necessary.
Materials and methods : Ïn this study, 1200 high school students have been studied regarding abnormal eating attitude, depression, anxiety and some other predisposing variables like Âge, sex, parents, education and profession, family size, place of residence, and body mass index(BMÏ). These students were selected by stratified random sampling method and evaluated by eating attitude test(ËÂT-26), spilberger anxiety test and beck depression test
Results: Âbnormal eating attitudes were found in 10.5% of the cases under study. Ïn a logistic regression model, depression status and BMÏ showed significant relation with abnormal eating attitudes. Severe and moderate depression were prevalent in persons with abnormal eating attitudes than in normal(42.4%. vs27.4%.).Ïn obese and too obese cases, abnormal eating attitudes were more prevalent than in normal people(31.8% & 16.7% vs. 511.1%.).
Çonclusion: Prevalence of eating attitude disorders in this study is almost similar to the results of studies done in the other countries. Those with these abnormal attitudes, are more at the risk of developing psychological disorders, like depression, which can be serious in case of ignorance.
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