Disordered eating, menstrual irregularity, and bone mineral density in female runners.

  title={Disordered eating, menstrual irregularity, and bone mineral density in female runners.},
  author={Kristin L Cobb and Laura K. Bachrach and Gail A Greendale and R Marcus and Robert M. Neer and Jeri W. Nieves and Mary Fran Sowers and Byron William Brown and Geetha Gopalakrishnan and Crystal M. Luetters and Heather K Tanner and Bridget Ward and Jennifer Kelsey},
  journal={Medicine and science in sports and exercise},
  volume={35 5},
PURPOSE To examine the relationships between disordered eating, menstrual irregularity, and low bone mineral density (BMD) in young female runners. METHODS Subjects were 91 competitive female distance runners aged 18-26 yr. Disordered eating was measured by the Eating Disorder Inventory (EDI). Menstrual irregularity was defined as oligo/amenorrhea (0-9 menses per year). BMD was measured by dual x-ray absorptiometry. RESULTS An elevated score on the EDI (highest quartile) was associated with… 

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