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Participation in athletic activities and eating disordered behavior.

Authors
  • Levitt, Dana Heller1
  • 1 Department of Counseling, Human Development, and Educational Leadership, Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey 07043, USA. [email protected]
Type
Published Article
Journal
Eating disorders
Publication Date
2008
Volume
16
Issue
5
Pages
393–404
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/10640260802370556
PMID: 18821363
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The purpose of the following study was to examine the relationship between participation in athletic and exercise activities and eating disordered behavior among a college student population. A sample of 853 undergraduate students completed the EAT-26 and indicated participation in athletic activities to determine eating disorder-related dieting and exercise attitudes and behaviors. Results demonstrate that participation in recreational activities correlates with more deleterious attitudes than involvement in organized sports. Implications for counseling and prevention are discussed.

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