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The Prevalence of Eating Disorders Among College Athletes

Participation in sports is often glamorized and thought of as being associated with plenty of benefits for student-athletes, but that is not always the case.It can be true that both during college and after graduation, excelling at athletics may contribute to everything from self-confidence to fostering team-building and communication skills. College athletes also tend to report higher rates of physical, social, and community well-being than students who are non-athletes. (1) However, stressors associated with the competitive environment, such as the pressure to perform or maintain a certain body weight, can increase the risk of developing eating disorders, maladaptive eating habits, and other harmful consequences.