Body Image, Food Addiction, Depression, and Body Mass Index in University Students

Sanlier N., Turkozu D., TOKA O.

ECOLOGY OF FOOD AND NUTRITION, vol.55, no.6, pp.491-507, 2016 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 55 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/03670244.2016.1219951
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.491-507
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


The relationship between body image, depression, food addiction and body mass index (BMI) and differences in these variables due to gender and field of education have not been studied extensively. This study was conducted on a total of 793 university students (20.19 +/- 1.90years). The Beck Depression Inventory, Yale Food Addiction, and Body Image Scale were used. It was determined that body image scores of females and individuals enrolled in health sciences programs were lower compared to those of males and those enrolled in the social sciences. There was a negative relationship between body image and depression and food addiction scores. There was a positive relationship between food addiction and depression scores, in addition to a positive relationship between food addiction and BMI.