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Ehtisham Sohail Khan
Emad Munir
Bilal Qammar
Faria Zulfiqar
Atta Ullah
Usama Arshad


Eating disorder, medical student, undergraduate, EAT 26, screening


Background: Eating disorders (EDs) have frequently been reported among young adults including university students.

Objective: 1) To determine the frequency of undergraduate medical students at the risk of developing EDs based on EAT-26

2) To identify the relation of EDs with socio demographic and behavior factors.

Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study that also explores associations between eating disorders and other variables. Screening tool is EAT-26 questionnaire. A study sample of 405 participants was recruited by convenient sampling and data was analyzed using SPSS 20.

Results: data of 401 respondents was analyzed. EAT 26 scores showed: 17.5% were positively at risk of developing eating disorder (score >20) and 82.5% had score <=20. The behavior pattern assessment showed: 21.9% with normal behavior and 82.5% had positive behavior showing risk of developing eating disorder. Chi square test application showed significant association of EAT 26 scores with behavior assessment.

Conclusions: There is higher risk of developing eating disorders among undergraduate medical students, and positive behavior towards eating disorder has significant association with eating disorder scores.

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