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Disordered Eating Behaviors and Food Addiction among Nutrition Major College Students

by Zhiping Yu 1,* and Michael Tan 2
Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL 32224, USA
Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881, USA
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Nutrients 2016, 8(11), 673;
Received: 3 August 2016 / Revised: 14 October 2016 / Accepted: 17 October 2016 / Published: 26 October 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Eating Disorders, Diet-Related Diseases, and Metabolic Health)
Evidence of whether nutrition students are free from food-related issues or at higher risk for eating disorders is inconsistent. This study aimed to assess disordered eating behaviors and food addiction among nutrition and non-nutrition major college students. Students (n = 967, ages 18–25, female 72.7%, white 74.8%) enrolled at a public university completed online demographic characteristics surveys and validated questionnaires measuring specific disordered eating behaviors. Academic major category differences were compared. Additionally, high risk participants were assessed by weight status and academic year. Overall, 10% of respondents were a high level of concern for developing eating disorders. About 10.3% of respondents met criteria for food addiction. In addition, 4.5% of respondents had co-occurrence of eating disorder risk and food addiction risk out of total respondents. There were no significant differences in level of concern for developing an eating disorder, eating subscales, or food addiction among academic majors. The percentage of high risk participants was lower in the underweight/normal weight group than in the overweight/obese group in health-related non-nutrition major students but not in nutrition students. Early screening, increasing awareness, and promoting healthy eating habits could be potential strategies to help treat and prevent the development of disorders or associated health conditions in nutrition as well as non-nutrition students. View Full-Text
Keywords: eating disorder; disordered eating behaviors; food addiction; nutrition students eating disorder; disordered eating behaviors; food addiction; nutrition students
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Yu, Z.; Tan, M. Disordered Eating Behaviors and Food Addiction among Nutrition Major College Students. Nutrients 2016, 8, 673.

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