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Gender, Age, Year of Course and Faculty: Factors Influencing the Risk of Eating Disorders

Version 1 : Received: 31 January 2021 / Approved: 1 February 2021 / Online: 1 February 2021 (12:58:08 CET)

How to cite: Escolar-Llamazares, M.; Martínez-Martín, M.; Medina-Gómez, M.; González-Alonso, M.; Mercado-Val, E.; Lara-Ortega, F. Gender, Age, Year of Course and Faculty: Factors Influencing the Risk of Eating Disorders. Preprints 2021, 2021020029 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202102.0029.v1). Escolar-Llamazares, M.; Martínez-Martín, M.; Medina-Gómez, M.; González-Alonso, M.; Mercado-Val, E.; Lara-Ortega, F. Gender, Age, Year of Course and Faculty: Factors Influencing the Risk of Eating Disorders. Preprints 2021, 2021020029 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202102.0029.v1).

Abstract

Background: The passage through university, as a complex experience, can heighten personal susceptibility to eating disorders. The objective of this research is to determine how gender, age, year of course, and center or faculty can influence the risk of an eating disorder among university students. Method: A transversal and descriptive study with a probabilistic sample of 516 Spanish students from 26 university degrees is performed, by administering the Inventory Eating Disorder-Reference criterion (EDI-3-RF) to the students. Results: It was found that the female students enrolled in second-year grades presented a greater obsession with thinness and body dissatisfaction, that the male students did more physical exercise to control their weight, and that those under 20 years and the students from both the Health and Law Faculties presented greater bulimic behavior. Conclusions: It is necessary to implement preventive measures adapted to the university students.

Subject Areas

eating disorder; gender; age; university degree

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