Disordered eating attitudes in Polish medical students
Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the frequency of subclinical symptoms of eating disorders and accompanying factors in the representative group of Polish medical students. Material and Methods: Examination included 1759 students attending five Medical Academies. The symptoms of eating attitudes and behaviour were assessed by using the Eating Attitudes Test 26. The student diets were analysed using the questionnaire with menu score by Starzyńska. Results: 150 (8.5%) of all examined students - 141 women (94%) and 9 men (6%) with evaluated BMI ranges: underweight (20.7%), normal (64%) and overweight (15.3%) were predisposed towards eating disorders. Fear of becoming overweight found the patients permanently thinking of being thinner. Fortunately nearly none of them vomited after meals. Conclusion: Medical students are not protected against the danger of developing nutritional status disturbances. Most students' daily menu was not in accordance with proper nutrition criteria.