Many sports are judged on the body-type, weight, and performance of an athlete. Aesthetic sports may be more susceptible to eating disorders and when comparing self to others, behaviors can increase rigid eating, engagement in over-exercise programs, and over-commit to their sport which can lead to a diagnosable eating disorder. Stress and Pressure Anorexia is [...] Read More
Orthorexia is characterized by an obsession with healthy eating. It can be confused with anorexia nervosa, which is an eating disorder. Unlike anorexia, orthorexia is not an official diagnosis but commonly seen, especially among athletes. Spiritual or a Concern Orthorexia can be thought of as a righteous and spiritual way of eating and lifestyle . [...] Read More
Body image can be described as your personal evaluation of self and others, based on body weight, shape, size, and appearance. It is connected to self-esteem and self-worth. Athletics can play a role in how a student perceives their body shape, size, and its performance level. Comparisons to others around body weight, shape, and size [...] Read More
Eating disorders, such as bulimia nervosa, develop for a variety of reasons and understanding some of the factors involved with eating disorder development can be helpful in prevention, awareness, and treatment measures involved with this mental illnesses. It is important to understand that these are complex conditions that typically involve both environmental and biological factors, [...] Read More
Athletes across the board are facing increasing competition on all levels, including high school, collegiate sports, professional athletics, and more. It is not uncommon for athletes to engage in specific training regimens in order to optimize their athletic performance. For the majority of athletes, this includes following a specialized diet and training protocol, usually advised [...] Read More
Eating disorders in college athletes are on the rise. Studies have shown that 25% of female college athletes and 20% of male athletes have a diagnosed eating disorder . Proper nutrition is essential for an athlete at the college level. When a body is not properly nourished, the body functioning is at risk for injury [...] Read More
Eating disorders in the ballet profession are common. Ballet is an art form that revolves around the body, and it takes a lot of practice and dedication. Often, young girls enter into ballet and stay through until they are young adults. As their bodies develop, they begin to worry about how that will affect their [...] Read More
Teen athletes who are dealing with anorexia nervosa face considerable challenges with their physical and mental well-being. Parents and coaches who are more involved with a teenage athlete can play an instrumental role in awareness and early interventions, particularly as many of the signs of an eating disorder can be easily overlooked or seen as [...] Read More
The Female Athlete Triad is the combination of low energy intake, amenorrhea (or absence of menstruation), and decreased bone mass density health in females. Research shows that women who participate in sports that emphasize aesthetics or leanness, such as ballet, running, or swimming, are more apt to developing an eating disorder. Amenorrhea can be as [...] Read More
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