alexa Body image, anthropometric measures, and eating-disorder prevalence in auxiliary unit members.


Journal of Nutritional Disorders & Therapy

Author(s): TorresMcGehee TM, Green JM, Leeper JD, LeaverDunn D, Richardson M,

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Abstract CONTEXT: Medical professionals have recognized eating disorders and related problems in competitive athletes. Auxiliary members (color guard, dance, majorettes) experience the same appearance-related pressures observed in sports commonly associated with eating disorders. OBJECTIVE: To estimate eating-disorder prevalence based on associated eating-disorder characteristics and behaviors in female auxiliary members and to compare perceived and ideal body images and anthropometric measurements between at-risk and not-at-risk participants for eating-disorder characteristics and behaviors. DESIGN: Cross-sectional design. SETTING: Three universities in the southeastern United States. PATIENTS OR OTHER PARTICIPANTS: Participants (n = 101, mean age = 19.2 +/- 1.2 years) represented 3 auxiliary units, including color guard (n = 35), dance line (n = 47), and majorettes (n = 19). MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Participants self-reported menstrual history, height, and weight. Anthropometric measurements included height, weight, body fat percentage, and waist and hip circumferences. We screened for eating-disorder risk behavior with the Eating Attitudes Test (EAT)-26 and for body dissatisfaction with the Figural Stimuli Survey. RESULTS: Based on the EAT-26, we estimated eating-disorder prevalence among members to measure 29.7\% (95\% confidence interval = 20.8\%, 38.6\%). The EAT-26 results revealed that 21\% of participants used purgatives and 14\% vomited to control weight or shape. The at-risk group had higher scores on the EAT-26 total (P This article was published in J Athl Train and referenced in Journal of Nutritional Disorders & Therapy

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