Disordered eating in male athletes: A meta-analysis

Chapman, J. and Woodman, T. (2015) Disordered eating in male athletes: A meta-analysis. Journal of Sports Sciences. DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2015.1040824

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We examined the propensity for male athletes to exhibit symptoms of disordered eating. Using meta-analytic techniques, we examined overall effect size, individual effect sizes for specific sport types, standard of athletic competition and diagnostic tools from 31 studies. When all studies were considered as a homogeneous group, male athletes did not have symptoms of disordered eating that were significantly different from non-athletic controls. However, significant moderator effects emerged for sport type and measurement: (a) wrestling reported a greater incidence of disordered eating; and (b) studies that reported data from the Eating Attitudes Test yielded a significantly greater incidence of disordered eating in male athletes compared to non-athletes. Although some sports seem to present a higher risk of disordered eating compared to others, the effects are weak and heterogeneous. We make suggestions for the development of the research area, which has been severely hampered by the diagnostic tools that have been available for the study of men.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Health and Behavioural Sciences > School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2015 02:21
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2015 02:40
ISSN: 0264-0414
Publisher's Statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Sports Sciences on 28/04/2015, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com DOI 10.1080/02640414.2015.1040824.
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/3690
Identification Number: DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2015.1040824
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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