Athletes and Eating DisordersDid you know body image problems, disordered eating and full-blown eating disorders are common among athletes? Females athletes are more likely to have an eating disorder however, males who participate in sports which emphasize diet, appearance, size, and weight (wrestling, bodybuilding, gymnastics, and running) are at risk for developing an eating disorder.
Statistics from ANDA
• Risk Factors: In judged sports – sports that score participants – prevalence of eating disorders is 13% (compared with 3% in refereed sports).19
• Significantly higher rates of eating disorders found in elite athletes (20%), than in a female control group (9%).20
• Female athletes in aesthetic sports (e.g. gynmastics, ballet, figure skating) found to be at the highest risk for eating disorders.20
• A comparison of the psychological profiles of athletes and those with anorexia found these factors in common: perfectionism, high self-expectations, competitiveness, hyperactivity, repetitive exercise routines, compulsiveness, drive, tendency toward depression, body image distortion, pre-occupation with dieting and weight.21
1. First, you can Get In The Know Educating yourself will give you the knowledge and skill set to help prevent eating disorders.
How Does Someone Develop an Eating Disorder?
What's It Like to Have an Eating Disorder?
How Do You Know If You Have an Eating Disorder?
Clinical Eating Disorders
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Suggested Resources from NEDAwareness.Org:
"10 Ways to Recognize Orthorexia" NYMag.com
"Reclaiming My Life" by Adam Bretag, Story of Hope
"A Scale Can’t Measure the Severity of Your Eating Disorder" by McCall Dempsey, Story of Hope
"Who’s the Biggest Loser? All of Us" NEDA Blog
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19. Zucker NL, Womble LG, Williamson DA, et al. Protective factors for eating disorders in female college athletes. Eat Disorders 1999; 7: 207-218.
20. Sungot-Borgen, J. Torstveit, M.K. (2004) Prevalence of ED in Elite Athletes is Higher than in the General Population. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine, 14(1), 25-32.
21. Bachner-Melman, R., Zohar, A, Ebstein, R, et.al. 2006. How Anorexic-like are the Symptom and Personality Profiles of Aesthetic Athletes? Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 38 No 4. 628-636.