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Revista Española de Nutrición Humana y Dietética

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


ERZURUM-ALIM, Nural et al. Eating disorder risk and factors associated with obesity prejudice among university students: a cross-sectional descriptive study. Rev Esp Nutr Hum Diet [online]. 2022, vol.26, n.2, pp.104-113.  Epub Dec 12, 2022. ISSN 2174-5145.


The aim of this study is to evaluate eating disorder risk and factors associated with obesity prejudice among university students.


This cross-sectional descriptive study was consisted of 1,449 university students in Turkey. Anthropometric measurements were self-reported and eating disorder and obesity prejudice symptoms were measured via validated scales.


Prevalence of students at low risk for eating disorder was 88.2%, while 60.3% of them were prone to obesity prejudice and 27% of them were obesity prejudiced. The mean eating disorder scores of the underweight and the normal weight group were significantly lower than the overweight group (p=0.003 and p=0.019, respectively). The difference between the mean obesity prejudice scores of the normal weight group and the overweight group was found to be significant (p=0.002). Moreover, in the multiple linear regression analysis, the overweight group had a significant association with obesity prejudice (p<0.001).


The risk of eating disorder and obesity prejudice increases among overweight/obese university students. Early prediction of eating disorder and obesity prejudice is crucial to prevent health problems such as obesity and related diseases among university students.

Keywords : Feeding and Eating Disorders; Obesity; Prejudice; Universities; Students.

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