More than 1.2 million people in world affect with anorexia nervosa and incidence rate seem to be increasing over past 25 years. The eating disorders had spread globally and include developing Asian Countries.
Aim: To assess the knowledge regarding eating disorders among adolescent girls.
Setting and Design: The study was conducted in Narayana Medical College Hospital, by using a descriptive design.
Materials and Methods: A total of 500 samples were included in this study. Among this, 250 samples belongs to coastal area and 250 samples belongs to non coastal area by using convenience sampling technique.
Statistical Analysis Used: The collected data was organized, tabulated, analyzed and interpreted by using descriptive and inferential statistics based on the objectives of the study.
Results: shows that with regard to level of knowledge out of 100 samples,87(87%) have inadequate knowledge and 13(13%) have moderately adequate knowledge regarding eating disorders. mean score was 10.30 with the standard deviation of 1.3 for the knowledge regarding eating disorders among adolescent girls. The history of abnormal eating had significant association with level of knowledge on eating disorders and age, educational status, type of family, family history of eating disorders, source of information, chief features of eating disorders, body build of adolescent girls, parental support regarding eating disorders had no significant association with level of knowledge regarding eating disorders.
Conclusion: The findings of the study revealed that majority of adolescent girls had inadequate knowledge regarding eating disorders. The above results concluded that there is need to conduct structured teaching programmes for improving knowledge of adolescent girls regarding eating disorders.