Comparison of Eating Disorder Inventory (EDI-2) Scores of Male Bodybuilders to the Male College Student Subgroup

in International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism
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The intensity and effort of bodybuilding training suggest an overinvestment in body shape and physical appearance, which has been suggested to be a risk factor for developing eating disorders. The purpose of this study was to investigate the prevalence of eating disorder tendencies among a sample of collegiate male bodybuilders (BB, n = 68) and controls (C, n = 50) (nonbodybuilders), using the Eating Disorders Inventory 2 (EDI-2). T tests were used to test the hypothesis that bodybuilders' scores would be higher than those of controls. The mean scores on the EDI-2 did not indicate the presence of eating disorder tendencies for either group. Controls scored significantly higher than bodybuilders on the Body Dissatisfaction scale. Results indicate that when the EDI-2 is used, college-age male bodybuilders are not shown to be more likely to have eating disorders than a group of college-age male controls.

S.L. Anderson is with the Department of Animal Science, Food and Nutrition, Mailcode 43 17, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Carbondale, IL 62901-4317. K. Zager is with Student Health Programs~Wellness Center, Southern Illinois University- Carbondale. R.K. Hetzler is with the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI 96822. M. Nahikian-Nelms and G. Syler are with the Department of Human Environmental Studies, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardea, MO 63709.