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Revista Española de Nutrición Humana y Dietética

On-line version ISSN 2174-5145Print version ISSN 2173-1292


AKTAC, Şule; KARGIN, Dicle  and  GUNEş, Fatma Esra. The relationship between social media use, eating attitude and body mass index among nutrition and dietetic female students: a cross-sectional study. Rev Esp Nutr Hum Diet [online]. 2021, vol.25, n.1, pp.78-86.  Epub Nov 08, 2021. ISSN 2174-5145.


This study aimed to investigate the relationship between media using habits, frequency and duration, and body mass index on eating attitudes.

Material and Methods:

The cross-sectional study was conducted with female students who received nutrition and dietetics education in Istanbul. A questionnaire consisting of a socio-demographic questionnaire, Eating Attitude Test (EAT-40), and Social Media Attitude Scale was applied to 1248 female volunteers by the face-to-face interview method.


It was found that 35.7% of the participants had abnormal eating attitudes and 89.6% showed a positive attitude towards social media. 93.7% of the group with abnormal eating attitudes indicated a positive attitude towards social media, 0.4% had a negative attitude and the difference was statistically significant (p=0.001). It was observed that a significant difference between EAT-40 and thought of an eating problem, having a social media membership, and spending time on social media (p<0.05).

Keywords : Body Mass Index; Feeding Behavior; Social Media; Female; tudents.

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