Eating Disorders In Young Athletes

Authored by: Nanna L. Meyer , Jorunn Sundgot-Borgen , Alba Reguant Closa

Routledge Handbook of Youth Sport

Print publication date:  January  2016
Online publication date:  January  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415840033
eBook ISBN: 9780203795002
Adobe ISBN: 9781134469932


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Eating disorders (EDs) and disordered eating (DE) are most likely to occur in weight-sensitive sports. Both male and female athletes are at risk for developing EDs and DE. Screening, early identification, interdisciplinary treatment approaches and successful prevention strategies are needed to reduce risk and promote performance capacity with minimal health consequences in young people. This chapter includes the science and practice of ED in young athletes and begins with a discussion on the classification of ED/DE, their prevalence, signs and symptoms, health and performance consequences, and concludes with treatment and prevention modalities.

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