Eating Disorders in Athletes

Involvement in organized sports can offer many benefits, such as improved self-esteem and body image, and encouragement for individuals to remain active throughout their lives.  Athletic competition, however, can also be a factor contributing to severe psychological and physical stress. When the pressures of athletic competition are added to an existing cultural emphasis on thinness, the risks increase for athletes to develop disordered eating. In a study of Division 1 NCAA athletes, over one-third of female athletes reported attitudes and symptoms placing them at risk for anorexia nervosa Though most athletes with eating disorders are female, male athletes are also at risk—especially those competing in sports that tend to place an emphasis on the athlete’s diet, appearance, size, and weight requirements, such as wrestling, bodybuilding, crew, and running.

Eating Disorder occur in all sports, but sports with greatest risk of eating disorders include those which are refered to as lean sports. Lean sports can be define as those that have a weight class requirement or for which the low body weight or lean body is believed to give an advantage. Example of such lean games include: Gymnastics, diving, rowing, ballet, running, cycling, jockeying, wrestling and martial arts etc. 

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