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The Anatolian Journal of Family Medicine Prevalence of Orthorexia Nervosa Tendency in Non-obese Population: A Cross-sectional Study [anatol j fm]
anatol j fm. 2021; 4(3): 252-256 | DOI: 10.5505/anatoljfm.2021.24085

Prevalence of Orthorexia Nervosa Tendency in Non-obese Population: A Cross-sectional Study

Merve Pökön1, Melike Mercan Başpınar2, Okcan Basat1
1Department of Family Medicine, University of Health Sciences Gaziosmanpaşa Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
2Department of Family Medicine, University of Health Science Bakırköy Dr. Sadi Konuk Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

INTRODUCTION: The prevalence of eating disorders has increased in the modern population. This study aimed to describe the presence of orthorexia nervosa (ON) tendency in non-obese population.
METHODS: Individuals over the age of 18 and with a body mass index below 25 kg/m2 who applied to the family medicine outpatient clinics of a tertiary hospital between April 2017 and October 2017 were included. The ORTO-11 scale was applied individuals to assess ON tendency
RESULTS: A total of 801 participants were included in this study, the mean age was 31.5±10.9 years, and 505 (63.0%) of the participants had an ON tendency. Three hundred two (59.8%) of the participants with ON tendency were female. The frequency of marriage and vitamin supplementation use in participants with ON tendency were 336 (66.5%) and 76 (15.0%), respectively. The presence of ON tendency was significantly different according to be married, female, and vitamin supplementation use (p=0.008, p=0.012 and p=0.007, respectively). The mean ORTO-11 score was 25.8±4.5 in the 18-30 age group, 24.6±4.4 in the 31-50 age group, and 22.6±4.4 in the over 50 age group (p<0.001). A negative correlation was found between ORTO-11 score and age (r=-0.200 and p<0.001).
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: ON tendency in the non-obese population was found to be at 63%, which is a high value according to the ORTO-11 scale. In our study, an increase in the prevalence of ON tendency was observed in individuals over 50 years of age, those using vitamin supplements, married people and women.

Keywords: Diet, healthy eating, orthorexia

Merve Pökön, Melike Mercan Başpınar, Okcan Basat. Prevalence of Orthorexia Nervosa Tendency in Non-obese Population: A Cross-sectional Study. anatol j fm. 2021; 4(3): 252-256

Corresponding Author: Melike Mercan Başpınar, Türkiye
Manuscript Language: English
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