Eating, weight, and dieting disturbances in male and female lightweight and heavyweight rowers.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Rowers compete in a sport that allows comparison of male and female athletes and where some (lightweight) but not others (heavyweights) must meet specific weight criteria. Eating attitudes, dieting patterns, weight fluctuation, and methods of weight loss were evaluated in 162 rowers: 82 heavyweights (56 females, 26 males) and 80 lightweights (17 females, 63 males). Females displayed more disturbed eating practices and weight control methods than did males. Lightweights did not have more disturbed eating practices than heavyweights, but employed more extreme weight loss methods. Male rowers were more affected by weight restriction than were female rowers. Lightweight males showed greater weight fluctuation during the season and gained more weight during the offseason than did lightweight females and heavyweight males and females. These results indicate that rowing can join the growing list of sports where eating and weight disturbances may be present. Male athletes may be more vulnerable to these problems than previously recognized.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sykora, C; Grilo, CM; Wilfley, DE; Brownell, KD

Published Date

  • September 1993

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 14 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 203 - 211

PubMed ID

  • 8401553

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1098-108X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0276-3478

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/1098-108x(199309)14:2<203::aid-eat2260140210>;2-v


  • eng