Vol. 2, Issue 5 (2017)
Study of eating attitudes and social physique anxiety among university students
Author(s): Kiran, Navneet Dhadda, Dr. Sukhdev Singh, Dr. Mandeep Singh, Dr. Kanwar Mandeep Singh
Abstract: The primary aim of the study was to determine the relationship of eating attitudes and social physique anxiety with obesity among female university students. A sample of 119 female students was purposively selected from Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar. The subject’s eating attitudes were measured with the help of Eating Attitude Test. The social physique anxiety was assessed with the Social Physique Anxiety Scale. Body Mass Index (BMI) was calculated from the height and weight measurements of the subjects. The results revealed that 73.94% girls had disordered eating attitudes and 54.62% girls reported high levels of social physique anxiety. Independent samples t-test revealed that the physically inactive girls had significantly higher levels of social physique anxiety (p=0.006) than the physically active girls. Eating attitudes and social physique anxiety were significantly associated (p<0.05) with the weight of the girls.