Pathogenic weight-control behavior in female athletes

L. W. Rosen, Douglas McKeag, D. O. Hough, V. Curley

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Athletes have gone to extraordinary lengths to reduce their body fat stores in an effort to improve performance. To identify athletes who need help, a questionnaire was administered to 182 female collegiate athletes. Results showed that 32% practiced at least one of the weight-control behaviors defined as pathogenic, which include self-induced vomiting; binges more than twice weekly; and the use of laxatives, diet pills, and/or diuretics. A number of steps are suggested to alert coaches, trainers, and team physicians to the high-risk athlete who requires special attention or treatment to correct this disorder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-86
Number of pages8
JournalPhysician and Sportsmedicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1986
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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