The Influence Of Eating Disorders In Endurance Sports

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Wrestling Wrestlers are more at risk of disordered eating tendencies, which is a wide range of abnormal eating behaviors and not quite as severe as eating disorders, but is still not healthy for the body to go through (Eating Disorders Victoria, 2015). After completing matches, many wrestlers will engage in binge eating and a massive amount of food, even after feeling full. The main reason why wrestlers engage in some sort of disordered eating is the high pressure to “make weight” (Thompson, 1999). There are certain weight cutoffs that wrestlers have to be under to compete at a certain weight class. Even one pound over the limit will eliminate the possibility of competing. Wrestlers will severely limit their intake of food and even water to significantly reduce weight just to be able to make weight when the competition begins. The significant weight loss is also seen as a natural, accepted culture within wrestling, so many of the athletes feel they have to engage in the behavior to have success in the …show more content…
Among female athletes in a report on gender differences, the highest prevalence of eating disorders was found in endurance sports, such as running (Bratland-Sanda & Sundgot-Borgen, 2013). Long distance running is thought of an aesthetic sport and many athletes try to reduce body fat to try to gain a competitive advantage. A study done in the United Kingdom showed that 16% of the elite runners involved had eating disorder syndromes and many engaged in such activities due to being unsatisfied with their physical appearance. Almost 25% of the athletes with symptoms of eating disorders had anorexia nervosa (Hulley & Hill, 2001). Track and field athletes are not only impacted on whether or not they may use PEDs or develop unhealthy eating habits by the nature of the sports, but also the nature of the specific event in which the athlete

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