The Relationship Between Drive for Muscularity, Exercise Motivation, and Disordered Eating
Dr. Mary Pritchard
The purpose of this study is to examine the correlations between drive for muscularity, exercise motivation, and disordered eating in a sample of undergraduates. Three hundred twenty-five students completed surveys assessing the above variables. Drive for muscularity was not related to disordered eating. However, it was related to several exercise motives including health orientation, personal goal achievement, competition, and recognition.. Drive for thinness was related to several exercise motives including health orientation, weight concern, personal goal achievement, recognition, coping, and life meaning. Bulimia was related to weight concern, recognition, coping, and life meaning. Body dissatisfaction was related to health orientation, weight concern, recognition, and coping. We will discuss applications for athletic trainers, personal trainers, and counselors.