Disordered Eating in Female Collegiate Athletes and Collegiate Females in an Advanced Program of Study: A Preliminary Investigation

in International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism
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The purpose of this study was to use the Eating Disorders Inventory-2 (EDI-2) to compare disordered eating pathology between female intercollegiate athletes and a control group of nonathletic subjects enrolled in an advanced program of study. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) procedures revealed no significant difference (NSD) (p > .05) between any of the athletic groups or the control group on any EDI-2 subscale, and there was no significant difference between “lean” sports, other sports, and the control group. There was also NSD on EDI-2 subscale scores on the basis of age. African Americans had significantly lower scores on the Body Dissatisfaction and Impulse Regulation subscales than white Americans. Chi-square analysis revealed NSD between any groups in percentage of respondents scoring above anorexic norms. The results did not indicate a greater amount of disordered eating in female athletes compared to nonathlete controls.

C.D. Ashley is with the School of Physical Education, Wellness, and Sport Studies, University of South Florida, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., PED 214, Tampa, FL 33620-8600. J.F. Smith and M.T. Richardson are with the Department of Human Performance Studies, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0312. J.B. Robinson is team physician with the University of Alabama.