Who is at increased risk for Eating Disorders?
- Eating Disorders are more common in women, but they do occur in men. Rates of Binge Eating Disorder are similar in females and males.
- Athletes in certain sports are at particularly high risk for Eating Disorders. Female gymnasts, ice skaters, dancers, and swimmers, to name a few, have been found to have higher rates of Eating Disorders. In a study of Division 1 NCAA athletes, over one-third of female athletes reported attitudes and symptoms placing them at risk for Anorexia Nervosa.
- Male athletes are also at increased risk – especially those in sports such as wrestling, bodybuilding, crew, running, cycling, climbing, and football.
- Although white females may be more likely to suffer from Anorexia Nervosa, African-American girls may be especially vulnerable to developing Eating Disorders that involve binge eating. Body dissatisfaction in young girls has been shown in White, African-American, Hispanic, and Asian girls.
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