Weight-related sports involvement in girls: Who is at risk for disordered eating?

Nancy E. Sherwood, Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, Mary Story, Trish Beuhring, Michael D. Resnick

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A 225-item questionnaire was completed by 5163 female 7th, 9th and 11th grade public school students in their classrooms to examine factors associated with eating disorders among girls involved in weight-related sports. Eating disorder symptoms were found in almost one third of girls involved in weight-related and non-weight-related sports. However, after controlling for grade, race, SES, and study design effect, girls in weight-related sports were 51% more likely to have eating disorder symptoms. Also, among girls in weight-related sports who had eating disorders, substance abuse, physical and sexual abuse history, depressive symptoms, suicide attempts, low family communication, and low parental caring were 98% to 377% more common.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-344
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Promotion
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2002


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