Original Article

IJMDC. 2021; 5(5): 1119-1126

Eating habits among medical students, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Authors: Amirah K. Bantan, Sara Mohammed Muzaffar Etarji, Dina Said Mohamed Elkersh, Jamellah Maher Daffa, Tala Saad Alharbi, Zakaria Ali Momen Khan.

ABSTRACT

Background: Medical students are considered to have an adequate amount of knowledge about eating and being healthy. This study aimed to determine eating habits (EH) and their relationship with academic performance, and to assess psychological factors that would affect EH among students in different medical colleges, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Methodology: This cross-sectional study included 444 medical students from five different medical colleges including King Abdul-Aziz University, King Saud bin Abdul-Aziz University, Ibn Sina National College, Fakeeh College of Medical Sciences, and Batterjee Medical College. Students were in their second academic year through internship. Data were collected via a validated and self-administered questionnaire. Results: The mean age of participants was 22 2.2216 years, where females were 78.2%. Almost 74.3% of the participants consumed a variety of food in balance. No significant relationship was found between different colleges and EH (p-value = 0.6766), and a weak association was found (r = 0.0138) between grade point average and EH. On the other hand, there was a significant relationship between academic years and EH and between body mass index and compulsive eating scale (CES) (p-values = 0.0217 and <0.001, respectively). Additionally, it has been noted that there was a weak association between EH and CES (r = −0.021). Conclusion: It was found that majority of the students had mild EH and weak effects on academic performance. For this, it is recommended that medical students should be more considerate about their food choices and have a healthy diet for better academic performance.

Keywords:
Eating habits, medical students, compulsive eating scale, well-being, knowledge degrees.


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Eating habits among medical students, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia


Authors
Amirah K Bantan
Faculty of Medicine, Ibn Sina National College, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Sara Mohammed Muzaffar Etarji
Faculty of Medicine, Ibn Sina National College, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Dina Said Mohamed Elkersh
Family Medicine Department, Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Jamellah Maher Daffa
Faculty of Medicine, Fakeeh College of Medical Sciences, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Tala Saad Alharbi
Faculty of Medicine, Fakeeh College of Medical Sciences, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Zakaria Ali Momen Khan
Faculty of Medicine, Umm Al Qura University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
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Correspondence to:
. Amirah K. Bantan, Ibn Sina National College, faculty of medicine, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.; amerah.bantan@gmail.com

Publication history
Received 20 Jan 2021
Accepted 27 Apr 2021
Published online 19 May 2021
Published in print 06 Jun 2021

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Bantan AK, Etarji SMM, Elkersh DSM, Daffa JM, Alharbi TS, Khan ZAM. Eating habits among medical students, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2021; 5(5): 1119-1126. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1611165681


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Bantan AK, Etarji SMM, Elkersh DSM, Daffa JM, Alharbi TS, Khan ZAM. Eating habits among medical students, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. https://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=47401 [Access: July 25, 2021]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1611165681


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Bantan AK, Etarji SMM, Elkersh DSM, Daffa JM, Alharbi TS, Khan ZAM. Eating habits among medical students, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2021; 5(5): 1119-1126. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1611165681


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Bantan AK, Etarji SMM, Elkersh DSM, Daffa JM, Alharbi TS, Khan ZAM. Eating habits among medical students, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. (2021), [cited July 25, 2021]; 5(5): 1119-1126. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1611165681


Harvard Style

Bantan, A. K., Etarji, . S. M. M., Elkersh, . D. S. M., Daffa, . J. M., Alharbi, . T. S. & Khan, . Z. A. M. (2021) Eating habits among medical students, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC, 5 (5), 1119-1126. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1611165681


Turabian Style

Bantan, Amirah K., Sara Mohammed Muzaffar Etarji, Dina Said Mohamed Elkersh, Jamellah Maher Daffa, Tala Saad Alharbi, and Zakaria Ali Momen Khan. 2021. Eating habits among medical students, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 5 (5), 1119-1126. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1611165681


Chicago Style

Bantan, Amirah K., Sara Mohammed Muzaffar Etarji, Dina Said Mohamed Elkersh, Jamellah Maher Daffa, Tala Saad Alharbi, and Zakaria Ali Momen Khan. "Eating habits among medical students, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 5 (2021), 1119-1126. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1611165681


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Bantan, Amirah K., Sara Mohammed Muzaffar Etarji, Dina Said Mohamed Elkersh, Jamellah Maher Daffa, Tala Saad Alharbi, and Zakaria Ali Momen Khan. "Eating habits among medical students, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 5.5 (2021), 1119-1126. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1611165681


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Bantan, A. K., Etarji, . S. M. M., Elkersh, . D. S. M., Daffa, . J. M., Alharbi, . T. S. & Khan, . Z. A. M. (2021) Eating habits among medical students, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 5 (5), 1119-1126. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1611165681


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