Subclinical eating disorders in male athletes

  title={Subclinical eating disorders in male athletes},
  author={A Thiel and H Gottfried and Felicitas Hesse},
  journal={Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica},
This study investigated the possibility that male athletes who, owing to the rules of their sport, are pressured to maintain a low weight show an elevated prevalence of subclinical eating disorders. Twenty‐five wrestlers and 59 rowers in the lower weight categories were investigated using the Eating Disorder Inventory (EDI). Fifty‐two percent of the athletes reported the occurrence of binging. The EDI profiles of 11% of the athletes suggested the presence of a subclinical eating disorder. These… 

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