An examination of eating attitudes and physical activity levels of Turkish university students with regard to self-presentational concern

Eat Behav. 2006 Nov;7(4):362-7. doi: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2005.11.011. Epub 2005 Dec 19.

Abstract

This study aimed to examine eating attitudes and physical activity level of young women and men university students with regard to social physique anxiety level. 482 university students participated in this study voluntarily. "Eating Attitude Test (EAT-40)", "Social Physique Anxiety Scale" and "Physical Activity Assessment Questionnaire" were used to assess the eating attitude, social physique anxiety and physical activity level of participants, respectively. Women and men participants in this study were assigned to high (HSPA) and low (LSPA) social physique anxiety groups with respect to their median scores. Men had favorable eating attitudes and higher physical activity level than women. In addition, participants in the HSPA group had unfavorable eating attitudes and higher physical activity MET values than participants in the LSPA group. On the other hand, groupxgender interaction was only significant for the eating attitudes scores but, not for physical activity level. Women in the HSPA group scored higher on the EAT-40 than men in HSPA and women and men in the LSPA groups.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anxiety / diagnosis
  • Anxiety / epidemiology
  • Anxiety / psychology
  • Attitude / ethnology*
  • Catchment Area, Health
  • Feeding Behavior*
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / ethnology*
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Motor Activity*
  • Self Concept*
  • Social Desirability*
  • Students / psychology*
  • Students / statistics & numerical data*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Turkey
  • Universities*