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Determination of risk factors for night eating syndrome among public university students in Malaysia


Gan, Wan Ying and Chin, Pei Qi and Law, Leh Shii (2019) Determination of risk factors for night eating syndrome among public university students in Malaysia. Malaysian Journal of Medicine and Health Sciences, 15 (SP1). pp. 25-32. ISSN 1675-8544; ESSN: 2636-9346


Introduction: Night eating syndrome (NES) has been progressively drawing attention and becoming a global concern due to its clinical implications. However, the study related to NES was found to be scarce in Malaysia. As such, this study aimed to determine the risk factors of NES among Malaysian public university students. Methods: This cross-sectional study involved 270 participants (mean age: 20.9±1.4 years), who were selected randomly from three different course disciplines at a public university in Selangor, Malaysia. The data were collected using a self-administered questionnaire on socio-demographic background, NES, depression, anxiety, stress, sleep quality, and disordered eating. Weight, height, and waist circumference of the participants were measured. Results: Results showed that 12.2% of the participants were engaged in NES. Binary logistic regression identified four significant risk factors of NES namely, being a male (AOR = 3.050, 95% CI = 1.129 – 8.238), persuading in a technical-stream course (AOR = 6.010, 95% CI = 2.057 – 17.555), being a stressful student (AOR = 3.580, 95% CI = 1.149 – 11.151), and having poor sleep quality (AOR = 4.664, 95% CI = 1.431 – 15.209). Conclusion: Early screening process should be conducted from time to time in which university students with potentially NES are able to receive necessary behavioural and cognitive therapy in order to recover.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Science
Publisher: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia
Notes: Special issues: Food, Nutrition and Health
Keywords: Night eating syndrome; Stress; Sleep quality; Risk factors; University students
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 10 May 2019 08:33
Last Modified: 10 May 2019 08:33
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/68378
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