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Eating Disorders in Athletes

Joaquin Dosil

ISBN: 978-0-470-72505-4 February 2008 230 Pages


This comprehensive, up-to-date book presents the latest research and applied practice to address all of the key issues relating to sport and eating disorders. The book begins by looking at the underlying factors behind the development of disordered eating. It goes on to consider evaluation, diagnosis and treatment across a wide range of sports and assesses the various types of treatment available and the practicalities of implementing treatment programmes. A whole chapter is devoted to the role of the internet, both as a source of information and possible treatment, for athletes with these disorders. The final chapter provides four practical examples and case studies of disordered eating in high-risk sports.
Foreword by Mark Andersen.

List of Contributors. 


1 Good eating habits in sport.

1.1 Introduction.

1.2 Balanced diet in sport.

1.3 Nutritional required by humans and athletes.

1.4 The need for ergogenic aids.

1.5 Nutritional information for athletes.

1.6 Conclusions.

2 The importance of weight in some sports.

2.1 Introduction.

2.2 High-risk sports.

2.3 Weight-loss methods in sport.

2.4 The difference between ‘real weight’, ‘ideal weight’ and ‘sports weight’.

2.5. Conclusions.

3 Eating disorders and the athlete’s environment.

3.1 Introduction.

3.2 Pressures in the athlete’s environment.

3.3 The prevention of eating disorders in sport.

3.4 Conclusions.

4 Diagnosis and assessment of eating disorders in sport.

4.1 Introduction.

4.2 Diagnostic criteria for eating disorders in sport.

4.3 Methods for diagnosing eating disorders in sport.

4.4 Conclusions.

5 Eating disorders in different sports.

5.1 Introduction.

5.2 The aetiology of eating disorders in sport.

5.3 Research into eating disorders in ‘high-risk’ sports.

5.4 Eating disorders symptoms: the sporting discipline and gender.

5.5 Conclusions.

6 Treating eating disorders in sport.

6.1 Introduction.

6.2 The treatment regime.

6.3 The treatment steps.

6.4 Types of treatment.

6.5 Conclusions.

7 Cyberpsychology and eating disorders in sport.

7.1 Introduction.

7.2 Psychology and new technologies: cyberpsychology.

7.3 Cyber-sport-psychology and eating disorders.

7.4 The Internet: information about eating disorders in sport.

7.5 On-line diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders in sport.

7.6 Conclusions.

8 Case studies in high-risk sports.

8.1 Introduction.

8.2 A case study of eating disorders in athletics.

8.3 A case of eating disorders in taekwondo.

8.4 A case of eating disorders in gymnastics.

8.5 A case of eating disorders in aerobics.

8.6 Sport: a solution to combat anorexia.

8.7 Conclusions.



  • Presents an up-to-date combination of the most recent research with applied practice
  • Describes how to diagnose and assess eating disorders
  • Creates a preventative framework to be used in combating eating disorders
  • Assesses the impact of the availability of on-line diagnosis and treatment
  • Includes practical examples and case studies of eating disorders in “high risk” sports