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It is no surprise that athletes are extremely conscious of their bodies, especially due to the intense training and focus that sports demand. The obsession with body type is particularly true of athletes who participate in gymnastics, wrestling, figure skating and dancing. While male athletes tend to be known for their strength and muscular physique, many female athletes gravitate toward thin, compact body types. Studies have shown female athletes are six times more likely to develop eating disorders than other women in the general population.
There are several ways to address this growing problem. Below are just a few tips and questions to ask when you are an athlete struggling with body image or a parent or coach of an athlete.
In athletics, the body and how it performs is often the primary focus. With proper training of coaches and athletes, a positive environment can be developed to help the athletes live healthy lifestyles that enhance their sport, instead of harming their health and body image.