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Disordered Eating Among Athletes

Disordered Eating Among Athletes

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    Disordered Eating Among Athletes: A Comprehensive Guide for Health Professionals will increase your understanding of eating disorders among athletes and give you the practical information to manage athletes in need. The book synthesizes, integrates, and evaluates the latest research on disordered eating as it pertains to both male and female athletes.

    Disordered Eating Among Athletes: A Comprehensive Guide for Health Professionals provides a wealth of both scientific research and practical application that will enable personal trainers, athletic trainers, and other health and fitness professionals to work with and counsel athletes with eating disorders. It presents an in-depth discussion of the etiology, identification, prevention, and management of eating disorders among athletes. The book gives athletic trainers, athletic administrators, and other professionals practical examples they can use to create their own successful eating disorder screening and prevention programs.

    The book contains many features designed to help you learn about and treat eating disorders:
    • An entire chapter devoted to profiling successful eating disorder treatment programs
    • Numerous appendixes including case studies, educational resources about eating disorders, nutritional guidelines, and screening surveys
    • Chapter objectives and chapter summaries
    The book is divided into three parts. The first part provides an overview of disordered eating among athletes, including the psychopathology and etiology. The second part illustrates the effects of disordered eating on the health and performance of the athlete. The third part covers identification, prevention, treatment, and management of disordered eating in athletes.

    Providing current research and an emphasis on practical application, Disordered Eating Among Athletes: A Comprehensive Guide for Health Professionals is the ideal resource for the health, fitness, and sports professional seeking information and guidance in managing disordered eating in athletes.


    A reference for nutritionists, athletic trainers, physical therapists, nurses, personal trainers, coaches, and registered dietitians; supplemental text for undergraduate and graduate students in nutrition, sport psychology, exercise science, and health and wellness programs.

    Table of Contents

    Part I: Nature and Scope of Disordered Eating Among Athletes
    Chapter 1. Disordered Eating Categories and Their Application to Athletes
    Chapter 2. Prevalence of Disordered Eating Among Athletes
    Chapter 3. Etiology of Disordered Eating in Athletes
    Chapter 4. Disordered Eating in Male Athletes

    Part II: Effects of Disordered Eating
    Chapter 5. Effects of Disordered Eating on Performance
    Chapter 6. Effects of Disordered Eating on Health

    Part III: Managing Disordered Eating in Athletes
    Chapter 7. Prevention of Disordered Eating in Athletes
    Chapter 8. Identification of Disordered Eating in Athletes
    Chapter 9. Treatment Considerations for Athletes With Disordered Eating
    Chapter 10. Management of Athletes With Disordered Eating
    Chapter 11. Successful Eating Disorder Screening, Prevention, and Treatment Programs for Athletes

    Appendix A. Disordered Eating Case Studies
    Appendix B. Disordered Eating Assessment
    Appendix C. Educational Resources
    Appendix D. High-Carbohydrate, Low-Fat Food Choices
    Appendix E. Eating Disorder Screening Questionnaires
    Appendix F. Sample Preparticipation Screening Instruments
    Appendix G. Sample Student-Athlete Contracts and Medical Release Authorizations

    About the Author

    Katherine Beals, PhD, RD, is an associate professor of nutrition in the department of family and consumer sciences at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. For more than 10 years she has been providing nutritional counseling to athletes and active individuals suffering from eating disorders. Dr. Beals has authored numerous articles on disordered eating in athletes and frequently presents on the subject. A competitive athlete for over 20 years in distance running, swimming, and triathlons, Dr. Beals has seen disordered eating firsthand in both teammates and competitors.

    Dr. Beals is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and a member of the Academy of Eating Disorders (AED) and the American Dietetic Association (ADA). She serves as a nutritional consultant to the intercollegiate athletic program at Ball State University and is a member of and sports nutrition editor for the Sports, Cardiovascular, Wellness, and Eating Disorder practice group of the ADA.

    Dr. Beals earned her PhD in exercise and wellness from Arizona State University. She is also a registered dietitian.