Many veterans are burdened with a multitude of nutrition-related chronic illnesses. However, research on eating behaviors and the prevalence of disordered eating among this population is limited. The purpose of this study was to investigate eating behaviors among student veterans in a public university in Southern California. Specifically, this study aimed to investigate the prevalence of disordered eating behaviors using the Eating Attitudes Test-26 (EAT-26) and identify associated risk factors including weight status, demographic characteristics, gender, and military history. This study found that the majority of student veterans (n = 83; 68.6%) met the criteria for eating disorder risk based on the EAT-26 behavioral question section. The results from this study revealed that student veterans who are overweight or obese (BMI ≥ 25.0) are at an increased risk (p < .001) for an eating disorder when compared to those who are not overweight (BMI ≤ 24.9).
|Commitee:||Moore, Dustin, Thomas, Marshall W.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Family and Consumer Sciences|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 58/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Nutrition, Public health, Higher education|
|Keywords:||Disordered eating, Eating behaviors, Eating disorders, Nutrition, Student veterans, Veterans|
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