Report Title

The Level of Omega-3 Fatty Acids Intake and Disordered Eating Attitudes

Collective Title

Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics Research Reports 2017


PURPOSE: The purpose of this graduate study was to determine if there is a difference in disordered eating attitudes of dietetic students and working registered dietitians based on their sufficiency or insufficiency of omega-3 fatty acid intake. A Food Frequency Questionnaire was used to assess omega-3 intake and The Eating Attitudes Test-26 was used to measure disordered eating attitudes. Additionally, the study determined if the sufficiency and insufficiency groups were balanced with respect to gender, age, and employment status. METHODS: Subjects who were members of the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics were asked to participate in a two part survey that electronically documented their dietary intake and EAT-26 scores. Age, weight, height, and occupation were collected as part of the survey. Eighty-four subjects between 21 and 69 years of age completed the study. According to the food frequency questionnaire of the survey, subjects were placed in either a sufficient group or an insufficient group. RESULTS: In the sufficiency group, the mean age of the participant was significantly higher than the mean age of the insufficient group. Both Groups experienced insignificant relationships between level of omega-3 intake and EAT-26 score. Additionally, there was no significant difference in EAT-26 score and the age, and the occupation of the subjects CONCLUSIONS: There was not a significant association between omega-3 intake and disordered eating attitudes. This outcomes should be further investigated to determine if the lack of association was due to the limitations of the study or if these were accurate findings.

LLU Discipline

Nutrition and Dietetics


Nutrition and Dietetics


School of Allied Health Professions

First Advisor

Woosely, Kyndra

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Degree Level


Year Degree Awarded


Date (Title Page)




Library of Congress/MESH Subject Headings

Fatty Acids, Omega-3; Nutrition; Eating Disorders


EAT-26; Disordered eating; Food frequency questionnaire; Disordered Eating Attitudes


Research Report

Page Count

13 p.

Digital Format


Digital Publisher

Loma Linda University Libraries

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