ISSN: 2149-2247 | E-ISSN: 2149-2549
The Relationship between Medical Education and Eating Habits Along with Mental Condition in Medical Students [Erciyes Med J]
Erciyes Med J. 2014; 36(2): 75-81 | DOI: 10.5152/etd.2014.6472

The Relationship between Medical Education and Eating Habits Along with Mental Condition in Medical Students

Yasin Yılmaz1, Ece Vural2, Dilara Ece Toprak2, Elif Gürdeniz2, Elif Dede2, M. Çiğdem Oba2, Hande Saygılı2, Murat Emül3
1Department of Pediatrics, İstanbul University İstanbul Faculty of Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey
2İstanbul University Cerrahpaşa Faculty of Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey
3Department of Psychiatry, İstanbul University Cerrahpaşa Faculty of Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey

Objective: To screen the effect of medical education on eating and physical activity habits, along with mental health, in medical students.
Materials and Methods: Preclinical (n=659) and clinical (n=336) term medical students were asked to fill in an eating habits questionnaire, a physical activity inquiry, along with a general health state inquiry, and the Beck depression inventory.
Results: Seventy percent of medical students did not care about gaining weight, did not exercise to reduce excess weight, did not even care about the caloric or nutritional content of foods, and lived a sedentary life. The clinical term students (years 4 to 6) preferred all-bran bread, while the preclinical term students (years 1 to 3) had a habit of salt overuse. More clinical students than preclinical ones restricted eating when they realized weight gain. Depressive students usually ate a snack at night, skipped meals, and consumed high-calorie food. Positive eating habits and general healthy behaviors in non-depressive students were more frequent, while the opposite was typical for those who were in depression.
Conclusion: This study suggests that medical education influences eating and physical activity habits necessarily, but nevertheless, medical students show unfavorable eating and physical activity habits, besides frequent depressive symptoms.

Keywords: Eating habits, medical education, depression, physical activity

Yasin Yılmaz, Ece Vural, Dilara Ece Toprak, Elif Gürdeniz, Elif Dede, M. Çiğdem Oba, Hande Saygılı, Murat Emül. The Relationship between Medical Education and Eating Habits Along with Mental Condition in Medical Students. Erciyes Med J. 2014; 36(2): 75-81

Corresponding Author: Yasin Yılmaz, Türkiye
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