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Orthorexia nervosa: a frequent eating disordered behavior in athletes.
Eat Weight Disord. 2012 Dec; 17(4):e226-33.EW

Abstract

Striving for enhancing athletic performance, many sportsmen undergo rigid dietary habits, which could lead to eating disorders (EDs) or Orthorexia Nervosa (ON), a psychopathological condition characterized by the obsession for high quality food. The aim of the study was to examine the occurrence of ON in athletes and to verify the relationship between ON and EDs. Five-hundred-seventy-seven athletes and 217 matched controls were administered the following tests: ORTO-15, Eating Attitude Test 26 (EAT-26), Body Uneasiness Test (BUT) and Yale-Brown-Cornell Eating Disorder Scale (YBC-EDS). High positivity to ORTO-15 (28%) and EAT-26 (14%) emerged in athletes, whereas a high rate of BUT positivity was evident among controls (21%). Multivariate logistic regression analysis revealed that independent predictors of ON are previous dieting, age, positivity to YBC-EDS, positivity to EAT-26, competition level, and number of YBC-EDS preoccupations and rituals. Sharing many features with both EDs and Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum, ON represents a crossroad between these pathologic conditions and might compromise the health state of an athlete. Therefore, coaches should consider important to detect symptoms of EDs and ON in their athletes.

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Department of Health Sciences. University Magna Graecia of Catanzaro, Catanzaro, Italy. segura@unicz.itNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

22361450

Citation

Segura-García, C, et al. "Orthorexia Nervosa: a Frequent Eating Disordered Behavior in Athletes." Eating and Weight Disorders : EWD, vol. 17, no. 4, 2012, pp. e226-33.
Segura-García C, Papaianni MC, Caglioti F, et al. Orthorexia nervosa: a frequent eating disordered behavior in athletes. Eat Weight Disord. 2012;17(4):e226-33.
Segura-García, C., Papaianni, M. C., Caglioti, F., Procopio, L., Nisticò, C. G., Bombardiere, L., Ammendolia, A., Rizza, P., De Fazio, P., & Capranica, L. (2012). Orthorexia nervosa: a frequent eating disordered behavior in athletes. Eating and Weight Disorders : EWD, 17(4), e226-33. https://doi.org/10.3275/8272
Segura-García C, et al. Orthorexia Nervosa: a Frequent Eating Disordered Behavior in Athletes. Eat Weight Disord. 2012;17(4):e226-33. PubMed PMID: 22361450.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Orthorexia nervosa: a frequent eating disordered behavior in athletes. AU - Segura-García,C, AU - Papaianni,M C, AU - Caglioti,F, AU - Procopio,L, AU - Nisticò,C G, AU - Bombardiere,L, AU - Ammendolia,A, AU - Rizza,P, AU - De Fazio,P, AU - Capranica,L, Y1 - 2012/02/21/ PY - 2012/2/25/entrez PY - 2012/3/1/pubmed PY - 2013/8/31/medline SP - e226 EP - 33 JF - Eating and weight disorders : EWD JO - Eat Weight Disord VL - 17 IS - 4 N2 - Striving for enhancing athletic performance, many sportsmen undergo rigid dietary habits, which could lead to eating disorders (EDs) or Orthorexia Nervosa (ON), a psychopathological condition characterized by the obsession for high quality food. The aim of the study was to examine the occurrence of ON in athletes and to verify the relationship between ON and EDs. Five-hundred-seventy-seven athletes and 217 matched controls were administered the following tests: ORTO-15, Eating Attitude Test 26 (EAT-26), Body Uneasiness Test (BUT) and Yale-Brown-Cornell Eating Disorder Scale (YBC-EDS). High positivity to ORTO-15 (28%) and EAT-26 (14%) emerged in athletes, whereas a high rate of BUT positivity was evident among controls (21%). Multivariate logistic regression analysis revealed that independent predictors of ON are previous dieting, age, positivity to YBC-EDS, positivity to EAT-26, competition level, and number of YBC-EDS preoccupations and rituals. Sharing many features with both EDs and Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum, ON represents a crossroad between these pathologic conditions and might compromise the health state of an athlete. Therefore, coaches should consider important to detect symptoms of EDs and ON in their athletes. SN - 1590-1262 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/22361450/Orthorexia_nervosa:_a_frequent_eating_disordered_behavior_in_athletes_ L2 - https://medlineplus.gov/obsessivecompulsivedisorder.html DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -