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Research Paper | Psychiatry | India | Volume 12 Issue 9, September 2023
Assessment of Eating Habit and Body Shape Concern among Students of SGT University, Gurugram, Haryana
Ritika Tandon | Ashma Sharma | Parul Sharma 
Abstract: Introduction: A balanced diet is essential for meeting one's nutritional needs, and the way we eat has a significant impact on our long-term health. Body shape concerns refer to how people perceive their bodies in their minds. Negative effects such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and poor quality of life are often caused by negative body image. Objectives: To assess eating habit and body shape concern among students of SGT University, Gurugram, Haryana. To find the association between eating habit & body shape concern with selected Socio-demographic variables. Methodology: For this study, a quantitative research approach was taken, utilizing a descriptive research design. The Total Enumeration sampling technique was used to enroll a total of 95 participants. Prior to data collection in May-June 2023, ethical approval (FON/SGTU/23 dated on 04/07/23), was obtained from the Dean of the Faculty of Nursing at SGT University in Gurugram, Haryana. The questionnaire used for data collection included sections on socio-demographic profiles, eating habits, and body shape concerns. Both descriptive and inferential statistics were employed to analyze the data. Results: The study revealed that 57.9% of participants had an average eating habit, while 36.8% had poor eating habits, and only 5.3% had good eating habits. When it came to body shape concerns, 58.9% had moderate concerns, whereas 21.1% had severe concerns and 20.0% had mild concerns. The study found significant associations between eating habits and socio-demographic variables like gender and self-perceived ideal weight, as well as a significant association between body shape concerns and weight. Conclusion: The study concluded that nursing students possess average eating habits and a moderate level of concern regarding their body shape. This highlights the importance of introducing educational programs that promote healthy food consumption and positive body image. Such initiatives can increase the awareness and adoption of healthy nutritional habits among nursing students. Further research is necessary to identify other factors that influence eating habits and body shape concerns. This can aid in the personal and professional growth of student nurses.
Keywords: Eating Habits, Body Shape Concern, Students
Edition: Volume 12 Issue 9, September 2023,
Pages: 362 - 367