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

Journal Article (Journal Article)

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.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sherwood, NE; Neumark-Sztainer, D; Story, M; Beuhring, T; Resnick, MD

Published Date

  • July 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 16 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 341 - ii

PubMed ID

  • 12192745

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0890-1171

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.4278/0890-1171-16.6.341


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States