Perfectionism and risk for disordered eating among young French male cyclists of high performance

Percept Mot Skills. 2004 Dec;99(3 Pt 1):959-67. doi: 10.2466/pms.99.3.959-967.


The aim of this study was to examine the associations between dimensions of perfectionism and eating disorder symptoms among 42 young male amateur cyclists (M=21.8 yr., SD=3.7) over the three performance categories (Elite, National, Regional). They completed the Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale and the Eating Attitudes Test, and the Body Mass Index was computed. Analysis showed athletes in the performance categories did not differ on dimensions of perfectionism. Only the National category differed from the Regional and the Elite categories in log-transformed Oral Control. Regression analyses showed that Other Oriented Perfectionism significantly contributed 15%, 12%, and 14% of the variance, respectively, in the prediction of log-transformed Global EAT, Dieting, and Bulimia scores. Socially Prescribed Perfectionism was the significant predictor of log-transformed Oral Control scores, accounting for 16% of the variance. This study highlights the relevance of interpersonal facets of the perfectionism construct to eating disorder symptoms.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Bicycling*
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / epidemiology
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / ethnology*
  • France
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Personality*
  • Psychological Tests
  • Psychomotor Performance*
  • Risk Factors