The Relationship between Internet Addiction and Disordered Eating Attitudes Among Two Cohorts of Undergraduate Students in Karachi, Pakistan

Authors

  • Sakina Ghulam Abbas Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center, Karachi, Pakistan https://orcid.org/0009-0008-4536-5974
  • Rameen Fatima Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Kainat Sohail Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Sumreen Ejaz Ansari Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Zaeema Ahmer APPNA Institute of Public Health (AIPH), Jinnah Sindh Medical University (JSMU), Karachi, Pakistan https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4457-6699

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.32413/pjph.v14i1.1229

Keywords:

internet addiction disorder, feeding and eating disorders, medical students, Pakistan

Abstract

Background: This study aimed to assess and compare the frequency of Internet Addiction (IA) and Disordered Eating Attitudes (DEA) among medical and non-medical university students in Karachi, Pakistan, and examine their relationship.

Methodology: A cross-sectional study was conducted among medical and non-medical students in Karachi, Pakistan. Two hundred students completed a socio-demographic questionnaire along with validated questionnaires: the Internet Addiction Test (IAT) for IA assessment and the Eating Attitude Test-26 (EAT-26) for measuring eating attitudes and behaviors.

Results: No significant difference was found in IA levels between the two groups. However, non-medical students (46.5%, n=93) were significantly more at risk of DEA compared to medical students (45.5%, n=91) (p-value=0.043). A significant positive correlation was observed between IA and DEA (r = 0.599, p-value < 0.001).

Conclusion: The study highlights a positive correlation between IA and disordered eating attitudes. Non-medical students are particularly at risk of developing such attitudes. Future research should delve into the factors contributing to both IA and DEA.

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Published

29-03-2024

How to Cite

1.
Ghulam Abbas S, Fatima R, Sohail K, Ejaz Ansari S, Ahmer Z. The Relationship between Internet Addiction and Disordered Eating Attitudes Among Two Cohorts of Undergraduate Students in Karachi, Pakistan. Pak J Public Health [Internet]. 2024 Mar. 29 [cited 2024 Jun. 14];14(1):28-32. Available from: https://pjph.org/pjph/article/view/1229