Prevalence Of Problematic Eating Attitudes & Associated Factors Among Adolescent Girls In Selected Government And Private Schools, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2020, Volume 7, Issue 11, Pages 1011-1017
AbstractObjectives: To determine the prevalence of problematic eating attitudes and associate factors of problematic eating among adolescent girls in selected government & private schools. Methods and material: A total of 300 adolescent girls were selected by cluster sampling technique, 150 from three government schools and 150 from three private schools of Bhubaneswar, Odisha. “EAT- 26” was used for screening of problematic eating attitudes. Self-structured socio-demographic Performa and Modified McKnight risk factor survey scale was used to collect socio-demographic data and associated factors of problematic eating attitude respectively. Result: The prevalence of problematic eating attitude was more among the private school adolescent girls than the government school adolescent girls. The result of unpaired t= 1.206 (p= 0.229) test shown that there was no statistically significant difference between problematic eating attitudes of government and private school adolescent girls.The result of regression analysis identified that emotional eating is less both in government (β=0.26, P=0.02) and in private school (β=0.21, P= 0.05), parent concern with thinness (β=-0.177, P= 0.059) and school performance (β= -.214, P= 0.017) have a close association with problematic eating attitude in government school girls. The mother and father’s educational status and occupation have a strong association with problematic eating attitudes both in government and private schools. Conclusion: -Problematic eating attitude was higher among private school adolescent girls than the government school adolescent girls. It was found that parent’s education and occupation were an important cause of increasing problematic eating attitudes among adolescent girls.
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