Essay on Eating Disorders And Female Athletes

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Eating Disorders in Female Athletes
Females have struggled with their identity as well as their appearance on the athletic field. However female student athletes have struggled with trying to be the perfect athlete. Female athletes are at greater risk for getting eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating because of the pressures sports bring but treatment helps the ones suffering overcome the disorder.
Many female athletes feel pressured into fitting into the stereotypical appearance. Being thin and toned is what females assume looks the best for athletes. However, with females lowering their self-esteem just to make themselves look more valuable, consequences or conflicts might follow. These conflicts may consist of eating disorders and disordered eating, such as Anorexic Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge-eating disorder.
Anorexic Nervosa is when an individual deprives themselves of calories due to obsession with overall weight gain because of their altered perception of their shape or size. (Thompson). Symptoms of this type of eating disorder is sudden dieting, and weight loss. Since eating disorders are known to occur in female athletes more than male athletes excessive training in women can also be a symptom. Peers tend to look over the excessive training because as an athlete this is what is found to be normal. (Dennis).
Bulimia Nervosa is where you are constantly binge eating and you participate in behaviors such as, induced vomiting and…

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