Prevalence of disordered eating and pathogenic weight control behaviors among male collegiate athletes

Eat Disord. 2013;21(4):328-41. doi: 10.1080/10640266.2013.797822.


The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of disordered eating and pathogenic weight control behaviors in male collegiate athletes. Male collegiate athletes (N = 732) from the across the U.S. completed questionnaires online. Results suggested that (a) most eating disturbances occur at the subclinical level, (b) exercising and dieting were the most commonly used weight control practices, and (c) athletes who participate in weight class sports are more likely to be classified as symptomatic and engage in pathogenic eating and weight control behaviors compared to endurance sport or ball game athletes. Implications for professionals working with athletes and recommendations for future research are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Athletes / psychology
  • Athletes / statistics & numerical data*
  • Body Image
  • Body Mass Index
  • Body Weight
  • Diet, Reducing / psychology
  • Diet, Reducing / statistics & numerical data*
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / psychology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Prevalence
  • Sports / psychology
  • Sports / statistics & numerical data*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Universities
  • Young Adult