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BMC Research Notes

, 5:84

First Online: 01 February 2012Received: 12 July 2011Accepted: 01 February 2012DOI: 10.1186-1756-0500-5-84

Cite this article as: Memon, A.A., Adil, S.ER., Siddiqui, E.U. et al. BMC Res Notes 2012 5: 84. doi:10.1186-1756-0500-5-84


BackgroundTo assess the incidence of high-risk population of medical students with eating disorders in Karachi by using validated self-administered questionnaires. The earlier these disorders are diagnosed and assessed, the better the chances are for enhanced treatment and fuller recovery. Therefore, we intended to undertake a study to find out the frequency of such disorders among medical students of Karachi and design strategies to overcome them.

FindingsA descriptive cross sectional study was conducted in 435 medical students of Karachi. Data was collected using 2 self administered questionnaires, the SCOFF Eating Disorders Questionnaire and the Eating Attitudes Test EAT-26. Subjects- body mass indexes BMI were also calculated. The data was sorted and analyzed in SPSS version 16. According to EAT-26, 22.75% individuals were found to be at high-risk of eating disorders, with 87.9% females and 12.1% males. However, according to SCOFF questionnaire, 17% individuals were found to be at high-risk, with 78.4% females and 21.6% males. According to BMI calculation, 9% were severely underweight, 41.4% underweight, 41.1% normal, 7.6% overweight and 0.9% belonged to obese class 1.

ConclusionsA significant fraction of medical students in Karachi are at high risk of development of eating disorders, females being more prone than males. Strategies should be designed to prevent occurrence of such disorders among medical students that would undoubtedly hamper the availability of dependable medical services in future.

KeywordsEating Disorders EAT-26 SCOFF Karachi  Download fulltext PDF

Autor: Akhtar Amin Memon - Syeda Ezz-e-Rukhshan Adil - Efaza Umar Siddiqui - Syed Saad Naeem - Syed Adnan Ali - Khalid Mehmood


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