2007 Student Research Conference:
20th Annual Student Research Conference

Human Potential and Performance

Assessing Disordered Eating Patterns Among Truman State University Students Using the Social Cognitive Theory
Alexandra N. Baker*, Anne-Marie L. Kisling, and Kylie Abbott
Prof. Jennifer Eldridge, Faculty Mentor

Disordered eating patterns describe irregular, unhealthy eating behaviors that deviate substantially from normal eating. Normal eating can be defined as eating a variety of foods throughout the day specifically three meals and two or three snacks per day. Examples of disordered eating include binge-eating, dieting, purging, and food and body obsessions. A scale for disordered eating was developed using the Social Cognitive Theory and distributed to three Health 195 classes. Forty surveys were randomly selected for use in our study. Of females surveyed 87.5% reported that they compromised their eating behaviors as a result of feeling busy or stressed. A positive association (r= .74, p < .001) was found between the environment and disordered eating behaviors. The results of our survey indicate that female Truman State University students have a high incidence of disordered eating related practices. This necessitates an intervention program.

Keywords: Disordered Eating, Social Cognitive

Topic(s):Health Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 2-33
Location: OP Lobby
Time: 4:15 pm

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