Relationship of stress on the eating behaviors of science undergraduates in Kuala Lumpur

Nur Zakiah Mohd Saat, C. L. Chew, V. Divya, I. Intan Hafizah, P. L. Lee, A. H. Mohd Ramadan, H. Y. Ooi, J. L. Seah, W. J. Yap

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This study aimed to determine the effect of stress on eating behaviors of the university undergraduates from Kuala Lumpur. One hundred fourteen students completed the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS) questionnaire and the Three-Factor Eating Questionnaire-R18 (TFEQ-R18). Data analysis done using SPSS 20.0 included descriptive statistics, parametric statistics, non-parametric statistics, Spearman rho's correlation and stepwise multiple regression. Majority of the students had medium cognitive restraint (56.1%) and uncontrolled eating scores (69.3%), but low emotional eating score (43.9%). Most students had normal depression level (57.9%) and normal to moderate anxiety (86.9%) and stress level (81.6%). Male (12.92±8.83) and Malay (9.64±6.40) undergraduates had higher depression score (p<0.05). Male (18.17±2.62) and underweight (18.93±2.29) subjects obtained higher cognitive restraint score (p<0.05). There was a significant negative correlation between depression an uncontrolled eating (rs = -0.324, p<0.001, R2 = 0.103, adjusted R2 = 0.095, F (1, 112) = 12.80) and stress and emotional eating (rs = -0.301, p = 0.001). In conclusion depression and stress does affect the uncontrolled eating and emotional eating.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1669-1677
Number of pages9
JournalResearch Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology
Volume7
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Three-factor eating questionnaire-R18 (TFEQ-R18)
  • Undergraduates

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Mohd Saat, N. Z., Chew, C. L., Divya, V., Hafizah, I. I., Lee, P. L., Mohd Ramadan, A. H., ... Yap, W. J. (2014). Relationship of stress on the eating behaviors of science undergraduates in Kuala Lumpur. Research Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology, 7(8), 1669-1677.

Relationship of stress on the eating behaviors of science undergraduates in Kuala Lumpur. / Mohd Saat, Nur Zakiah; Chew, C. L.; Divya, V.; Hafizah, I. Intan; Lee, P. L.; Mohd Ramadan, A. H.; Ooi, H. Y.; Seah, J. L.; Yap, W. J.

In: Research Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology, Vol. 7, No. 8, 2014, p. 1669-1677.

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Mohd Saat, NZ, Chew, CL, Divya, V, Hafizah, II, Lee, PL, Mohd Ramadan, AH, Ooi, HY, Seah, JL & Yap, WJ 2014, 'Relationship of stress on the eating behaviors of science undergraduates in Kuala Lumpur', Research Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology, vol. 7, no. 8, pp. 1669-1677.
Mohd Saat, Nur Zakiah ; Chew, C. L. ; Divya, V. ; Hafizah, I. Intan ; Lee, P. L. ; Mohd Ramadan, A. H. ; Ooi, H. Y. ; Seah, J. L. ; Yap, W. J. / Relationship of stress on the eating behaviors of science undergraduates in Kuala Lumpur. In: Research Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology. 2014 ; Vol. 7, No. 8. pp. 1669-1677.
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