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Athletics are a great way to build self esteem promote physical conditioning and demonstrate the value of teamwork but not all athletic stressors are positive the pressure to win and an emphasis on body weight and shape can create a toxic combination athletic competition can also be a factor contributing to severe psychological and physical stressthe two main types of eating disorders in athletes as well as the general population are anorexia and bulimia people with anorexia obsess about food and restrict the calories they eat eating disorders commonly exist among athletes especially those involved in sports that place great emphasis on the athlete to be thin sports such as gymnastics figure skating dancing and synchronized swimming have a higher percentage of athletes with eating disorders than sports such as basketball skiing and volleyballaccording to a 1992 american college of sports medicine study eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia are often found in athletes a group in which they reach alarming ratesthe sports culture with its emphasize on optimal body size or shape for optimal performance is many times an influencing factor in developing such a conditionathletes and eating disorders articles running is a way to keep healthy however long distance runners are at higher risk of developing an eating disorderthere is a fallacy that many athletes believe and that is lower body weight means better performance

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