Evaluating the Relationship of Eating Behaviors of University Students with Body Mass Index and Self-Esteem

Sanlier N., Biyikli A. E., Biyikli E. T.

ECOLOGY OF FOOD AND NUTRITION, vol.54, no.2, pp.175-185, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 54 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/03670244.2014.896798
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.175-185
  • Keywords: Dutch Eating Behavior Questionnaire, eating behavior, body mass index, university students, OVERWEIGHT, DISORDERS, ANOREXIA, STYLE, PREVALENCE, GIRL
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


This study investigated the relationship between eating behaviors (Dutch Eating Behavior Questionnaire-DEBQ), self-esteem (Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale-RSES), and body mass index (BMI) in university students. A total of 503 students (129 men and 374 women), 18-23 years of age were included in the study. According to BMI, 8.3% of students were underweight; 47.3% were overweight; and 74.4% were of healthy weight. The level of self-esteem of 86.5% of young people was high, 13.5% moderate. The mean score (33.3 +/- 11.8) of emotional-eating behavior was higher for women than for men (27.9 +/- 10.1) . Recommendations include assessing eating behaviors via longitudinal studies with large samples, and identifying at-risk groups, as useful approaches for informing prevention.