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Warning Signs of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa Published: March 1, 2008 Determination—the ability to train hard, to push oneself to the max—is an admirable quality that helps propel competitive athletes to the top of their game. In encouraging girls to “go for the gold,” it is important to be aware of potential health risks. The pursuit of athletic perfection, in combination with a relentless drive for thinness, may open the door to the development of an eating disorder—anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa. These illnesses involve thoughts, emotions and behaviors and— unless treated—can result in serious problems such as abnormal heart rhythms, infertility or bone loss. In the world of competitive sports, high performance standards, self-discipline and rigorous training are the norm. A modest percentage of intense exercisers live with body dissatisfaction, which can set the stage for the development of an eating disorder. If an athlete has negative thoughts about her size and shape and believes that having the “perfect” body will help make her a winner, she may resort to unhealthy weight control practices. Particularly prone to anorexia and bulimia are those who compete in activities that tie performance to thinness, such as ballet dancing, gymnastics or figure skating. Often, perfectionism and drive—qualities that enable athletes to achieve—are part of what puts them at risk for eating disorders. The Warning Signs
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2011 for the course FAMR 230 taught by Professor Brown,l during the Spring '08 term at University of Hawaii, Manoa.

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