Research Article
Volume 9 Issue 3 - 2020
Prevalence of Eating Disorders and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder among Adolescent Schoolgirls: Abha City Southern Saudi Arabia
Sultan Saad Alsubaie1*, Badr Ayed Alalfard2, Abdullatif Muhaya2, Hayfa Ayed Alalfard3, Kholoud Mohammad Abdullah4 and Hanan Amer Albishi4
1Consultant of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Armed Forces Hospital, Southern Region, Khamis Mushayt, Saudi Arabia
2Pediatric Residents, Khamis Mushayt Maternity and Pediatric Hospital, Saudi Arabia
3Medical Students, College of Medicine, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia
*Corresponding Author: Sultan Saad Alsubaie, Consultant of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Armed Forces Hospital, Southern Region, Khamis Mushayt, Saudi Arabia.
Received: January 24, 2020; Published: February 19, 2020


Background: Adolescents concern about their bodyweight and shape can lead to disturbed eating behaviors. Eating disorders (EDs) commonly coexist with other conditions, such as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Objectives: The main aims of the current study are to estimate the prevalence of both EDs and OCD among adolescent females, to explore if there is any association in between these disorders, and to correlate the results with different factors.

Materials and Methods: We conducted a descriptive cross-sectional study among 224 girl students at six schools in Abha, southern Saudi Arabia. The main tool of the study was a self-administered questionnaire including socio-demographic, behavioral questions, other important associated factors, Eating Attitude Test 26 (EAT-26) and Obsessive-Compulsive Inventory - Revised short form (OCI-R).

Results: The average age (15.9 ± 3.7 years). One third of the sample (34%) had high score of EAT-26. OCD were prevalent in 69.6% of the sample. Older age students, obese, secondary grade, wishing to wear small clothes, and obsessed or preoccupied by watching a fashion models news had higher EAT-26 score with statistically significant differences p value (0.03, 0.05, 0.01, 0.001, 0.01) respectively. In relating eating disorder with eating behavior, it was significant with use laxative, diuretics to control weight 7% (P = 0.04) and 18.8% (P = 0.01) with thought for attempt suicide. The association rate between OCD and EDs was 40.2% (P = 0.002).

Conclusion: There were very high association between having OCDs and EDs for all age groups and significant association with suicidal thought or attempt. Further research is needed to explore the magnitude and impact of OCD and EDs, and to identify potential supporting counseling and cognition-behavior therapy of this problem at the national level.

Keywords: Eating Disorders; Obsessive Compulsive Disorders; Prevalence; Association; Saudi Arabia


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