The Physiological and Psychological Effects of Eating Disorders in Female College Athletes

dc.contributor.advisorCabano-Peterman, Emily
dc.contributor.authorHeiser, Courtney
dc.date.accessioned2023-08-08T19:30:29Z
dc.date.available2023-08-08T19:30:29Z
dc.date.issued2023-05
dc.description.abstractThe number of female athletes participating in college sports has drastically expanded since the incorporation of Title IX in 1972, with an increase of about 628%. As the number of female athletes participating in college athletics continues to rise, the health concerns of women athletes also rise. The main health concerns identified include disordered eating, amenorrhea, and osteoporosis, forming what has been dubbed the female athlete triad . Disordered eating is more common in female athletes than non-athletes, and more common in sports in which aesthetics and weight are considered important. While the psychology behind what causes an eating disorder is not yet well researched, perfectionism potentially plays an important role. Athletes with eating disorders report significantly lower levels of emotional well-being, mental health, vitality, and general health. Furthermore, disordered eating can lead to a negative effect on physical fitness and sports performance, despite the fact that many eating disorders develop as a perceived solution to those very issues. Preventative measures are being taught to coaches and athletic trainers to try to deter patterns of disordered eating. As eating disorders are more difficult to treat the longer they progress, early intervention is necessary in order to ensure adequate treatment and outcome. In this paper, I examine the factors that potentially underlie the development of eating disorders, their physiological and psychological effects, and what steps can be taken to better prevent them.
dc.description.departmentHonors College
dc.formatText
dc.format.extent19 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.identifier.citationHeiser, C. (2023). The physiological and psychological effects of eating disorders in female college athletes. Honors College, Texas State University.
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10877/17082
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjecteating disorders
dc.subjectfemale
dc.subjectcollege athlete
dc.subjectpsychology
dc.subjectphysiology
dc.subjectHonors College
dc.titleThe Physiological and Psychological Effects of Eating Disorders in Female College Athletes
thesis.degree.departmentHonors College
thesis.degree.disciplineCounseling Center
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State University
txstate.documenttypeHonors Capstone

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