Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 54, Issue 8, pp 1266–1273 | Cite as

Eating Attitudes, Weight Control Behaviors, Body Image Satisfaction and Depression Level Among Indian Medical and Nursing Undergraduate Students

  • Poreddi Vijayalakshmi
  • Rohini Thimmaiah
  • Sailaxmi Gandhi
  • Suresh BadaMath
Original Paper


This was a cross sectional descriptive study carried out among Medical and Nursing students to assess the presence of eating disorders. Data was collected using self administered ‘Sick, Control, One, Fat, Food’ (SCOFF) and ‘Eating Attitudes Test (EAT-26)’ questionnaires. It was found that 34.1% and 10.4% of the participants were at high risk to suffer from eating disorders on SCOFF and EAT-26 scales. Further, age, gender and education found to have significant association on SCOFF and EAT-26 scores (p < 0.05). Thus, the findings suggest the need for effective interventions to prevent depression and eating disorders among the future health professionals.


Eating disorders Depression Health science students India Medical students Nursing students Weight perception 



Researchers heart fully thank the participants for their valuable contribution.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Poreddi Vijayalakshmi
    • 1
  • Rohini Thimmaiah
    • 2
  • Sailaxmi Gandhi
    • 3
  • Suresh BadaMath
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Nursing, College of NursingNational Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, (Institute of National Importance)BangaloreIndia
  2. 2.Toowoomba Base HospitalToowoombaAustralia
  3. 3.Department of NursingNational Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, (Institute of National Importance)BangaloreIndia
  4. 4.Department of PsychiatryNational Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, (Institute of National Importance)BangaloreIndia

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