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Disordered Eating in Collegiate Athletes [thesis]

Sofia Apsey
DISORDERED EATING IN COLLEGIATE ATHLETES: PREVALENCE AND RELATIONSHIPS WITH BODY COMPOSITION by Sofia Apsey Performance pressures and emphasis on body weight and shape put collegiate athletes at risk for disordered eating. If not identified early, disordered eating behaviors could develop into a clinical eating disorder. While such behaviors are a known problem, prevalence rates are not well established in collegiate athletes. Disordered eating may also relate to physiological changes in
more » ... l changes in athletes, such as body composition and performance, although this relationship is not well understood. The aims of this research were to 1) determine the prevalence of disordered eating risk in NCAA Division I student-athletes and 2) determine if such behaviors are related to baseline and changes in body composition over a competitive season. Athletes (n=58) competing in eight different sports (football, men's and women's soccer, women's basketball, gymnastics, men's and women's track and field, and women's diving), from an urban university, completed the Eating Attitudes Test (EAT-26) questionnaire and two dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) body composition scans, one at preseason and another at postseason. While no risk for disordered eating was found in this sample, visceral adipose tissue (VAT) was positively correlated with EAT-26 scores (r=0.661, p=0.038) among female gymnasts. Reasons for these findings are unclear; however, it is thought that the ethnic diversity of the sample played a role in the absence of disordered eating risk in this study. Further research is needed to better understand if ethnicity plays a role in disordered eating risk. v ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
doi:10.31979/etd.68yg-h8at fatcat:pd3kavyvvnf3naqw2ijyilq23e