2021 Undergraduate Research Showcase


Disordered Eating in Male Athletes

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Mary Pritchard


Men who suffer with symptoms of eating disordered behavior have been understudied (Murray et al., 2017). However, male athletes are at a greater risk than are non-athletes (Chatterton et al., 2017; Parent et al., 2016). Less is known about how symptomology may differ from women (Lydecker & Grilo, 2018; Murray et al., 2017) or how to appropriately treat these symptoms in male athletes (Lydecker & Grilo, 2018; Murray et al., 2017; Parent et al., 2016). The purpose of the present study is to examine male athletes' eating and exercise behaviors to ascertain prevalence rates of disordered eating and exercise behaviors in that population. In addition, we want to gain their perspectives on their own body image. It is interesting that Drive for Thinness remained as the sole predictor of both the attitudinal and behavioral portions of the Eating Attitudes Test. Future research should focus on recruiting a larger variety of athletes to ascertain whether these findings hold with larger sample sizes. It is also interesting to see that men emphasized confidence in their physical appearance, attractiveness, societal pressure, and sex appeal as reasons to be muscular. Thus, men appear to be bulking more for others than for themselves.

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