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TitleEating behaviours in youths: a comparison between female and male athletes and non-athletes
Author(s)Fortes, L. S.
Kakeshita, I. S.
Almeida, S. S.
Gomes, António Rui
Ferreira, M. E. C.
KeywordsEating disorders
Issue dateFeb-2014
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons
JournalScandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports
Abstract(s)Objective: This study compared the different factors associated with eating behaviours among young female and male athletes and non-athletes. Method: A total of 580 female and male athletes and 362 female and male non-athletes between 10 and 19 years old participated. We used the subscales of the Eating Attitudes Test (EAT-26) to evaluate the factors associated with unhealthy eating behaviours. Results: We found higher scores for females on the Diet subscale compared with males, regardless of athletic group (p < .05). Non-athlete youths scored higher on this subscale compared with male athletes (p < .05). Our findings indicate higher scores for female athletes with regard to the Bulimia and Preoccupation with Food subscale compared with other the groups (p < .05). Moreover, we observed that non-athlete males were more likely to engage in binge eating compared with athletes of the same sex (p < .05). Finally, females had higher scores on the Oral Self subscale than males, regardless of athletic group (p < .05). Conclusion: We concluded that the factors associated with eating behaviours differ with regard to sex and group.
DescriptionArticle first published online: 25 JUL 2013
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AccessOpen access
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