Eating Disorders

By on December 30, 2012

Dancing comes with an enormous pressure to be thin…


The American Psychiatric Association claims that the incidence of eating disorders is 10 times higher for women than for men, and there is a correlation between disordered eating and elite athletes involved in aesthetic fields such as gymnastics, swimming and dance.  Additionally, there is some evidence to suggest an association between childhood dance participation and disordered eating, perfectionism, and a drive for thinness, regardless of whether or not they went on to become dancers as adults. Anorexia Nervosa is described as a persistent restriction of food, causing extreme weight loss. Bulimia is a compulsive disorder by which individuals binge uncontrollably and purge through vomiting or excessive exercise.

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Disordered eating habits, along with amenorrhea (cessation of menstruation) and low bone density (often a result of anorexia and/or bulemia) are together referred to as the female athlete triad.  This dangerous condition has been implicated in higher risk of injury in dancers, including stress fractures.


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