Researching Eating Disorders and Body Image in Sport: Challenges and Recommendations

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The number of studies examining eating disorders and body image in sport has increased, although several major challenges associated with conducting this research must be addressed to continue growth. In this paper, we describe these challenges based on our professional experiences and the academic literature. Mistrust of researchers and the area of study, communication gaps, and factors that affect data quality are among the strong barriers discussed. However, we suggest that these challenges may be addressed by building stronger partnerships between researchers and practitioners and offer critical steps for developing meaningful professional relationships that will help move the field forward.

Voelker is with West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. Reel is with the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, NC.

Address author correspondence to Dana K. Voelker at dkvoelker@mail.wvu.edu.
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