Journal of Eating Disorders (Journal)

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Background Eating disorders and food ingestion (EDs) are serious mental illnesses with a higher prevalence in young adults, with difficult diagnoses that cause serious morbidity and mortality problems. There is not much
information about the risk of positive screening for EDs, specifically, anorexia nervosa (AN) and bulimia nervosa (BN) and night eating syndrome (NES) in undergraduate medical interns (UMI) and medical residents (MR) in Mexico.
Aim To determine the risk of AN, BN and NES and to determine the risk factors of such conditions such as age, body mass index (BMI) and gender of MR and UMI with AN/BN and NES at four private hospitals in northeastern Mexico.
Methods A cross‑sectional, descriptive, non‑randomized survey in MR and UMI in four hospitals in Northeastern Mexico was conducted using an electronic questionnaire that included: informed consent signature, SCOFF question‑
naire for AN and BN screening, NES questionnaire. Also, a survey on general sociodemographic data of each participant was included. Chi‑square test and a logistic regression model were computed for analyses.
Results The population included a total of 129 MR and UMI. It was observed that 48.8% were positive for AN or BN and 32.6% were positive for the NES. There was no difference between age, sex, BMI, or medical specialty (if they were
MR); however, MR from the first year had a higher risk of AN or BN (OR 23.7, 95% CI 1.181–475.266).
Conclusions There was a higher risk of positive screening for AN or BN and NES in UMI and MR in our population. In the case of MR, those in first year have a higher risk of AN and BN. Timely diagnosis and treatment are mandatory
in this population.
Period7 Dec 2023
Type of journalJournal
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Eating disorders (EDs), Anorexia nervosa (AN), Bulimia nervosa (BN), Night eating syndrome (NES), Undergraduate medical interns (UMI), Medical residents (MR), Night eating syndrome questionnaire (NEQ)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions(all)