Women 's Lack Of Eating Disorders

1488 Words Aug 10th, 2015 6 Pages
There are many eating disorders like anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder, and feeding and eating conditions not elsewhere classified are clinical mental disorders. It is clear that 95% of disordered eating cases occur among women and that 90% of cases occur in people under the age of 25.7 In the case of young female athletes in general, it seems that they have a similar risk of developing disordered eating as non-athletes (de Oliveira Coelho, et al, 2014). The prevalence of disordered eating ranges from 0% to 27% in female athletes and ranges from 0% to 21% in the general population. However, athletes suffer from a more serious condition that may lead to dangerous consequences. Female athletes who participate in aesthetic sports like gymnastics, figure skating, diving and ballet present a higher prevalence of eating disorders than the general population. Among the female athletic population, we find some dangerous and specific behaviors. One example is the presence of “anorexia athletica”. This term is used because it was first recognized among athletes (de Oliveira Coelho, et al, 2014). They limit nutrient intake, but not to the point of contracting anorexia nervosa. Anorexia athletica can be perceived as a state of condensed energy intake and condensed body mass regardless of high physical performance. Disordered eating is also part of the “female athlete triad” (FAT), along with amenorrhea and bone demineralization (de Oliveira Coelho, et al, 2014).…
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