مقایسه علائم اختلال خوردن و مشکلات تنظیم احساسات بین ورزشکاران و غیر ورزشکاران در کالج زنانه
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|38866||2015||6 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||محاسبه نشده|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Eating Behaviors, Volume 18, August 2015, Pages 1–6
Abstract The purpose of the study was to compare the prevalence of disordered eating between female college athletes and non-athletes and explore emotion regulation as a potential mediator of the link between participation in athletics and disordered eating symptoms. Data for this cross-sectional study came from 527 college students in a mid-western state of the USA in fall of 2013 (376 non-athletes and 151 athletes). Disordered eating symptoms and emotion regulation were assessed utilizing the Eating Attitudes Test and the Difficulties with Emotion Regulation Scale in a survey-based format. The prevalence of disordered eating was higher in non-athletes (16.5%, vs. 6.6%; X2 = 62.8; p < .05). Non-athletes reported more signs and symptoms of disordered eating than athletes (p < .01). A linear regression approach indicated a statistically significant indirect effect (0.63, CI95 = 0.18, 1.20) of athletic-status on disordered eating via emotion regulation; however, this effect did not reach practical significance. Our findings show that female athletes in our sample were somewhat protected from disordered eating compared to non-athletes, but the mechanism of this relationship is unclear. A further in-depth examination of other factors, such as self-esteem and body satisfaction, that may have contributed to this finding is warranted utilizing a large sample of female college students and athletes representing a variety of sports.
Introduction Dieting, binge eating and preoccupation with food are examples of pathological eating behaviors and attitudes known as disordered eating (DE) (DePalma et al., 2002, Lowry et al., 2000 and Torstveit et al., 2008). DE may in some, but not all, progress into an eating disorder over time (Anderson and Petrie, 2012 and Neumark-Sztainer et al., 2011). Clinically diagnosed eating disorders are complex psychiatric conditions (i.e., anorexia and bulimia) that require a multidisciplinary and long-term treatment approach (American Psychiatric Association (APA), 2013). Because of the complex nature of eating disorders, efforts to promote healthy eating behaviors and attitudes are critical to optimize individuals' physical and psychological wellbeing before a clinical eating disorder develops (Ozier & Henry, 2011). Young females are at a substantially higher risk for eating disturbances compared to males (Fortes et al., 2014, Martinsen et al., 2010 and Sira and Pawlak, 2010). Previous studies have reported that between 11% and 56% of females in late adolescence and young adulthood engage in some type of dysregulated eating behaviors (Croll et al., 2002, Hoerr et al., 2002 and Sira and Pawlak, 2010). Previous research has suggested several attributes and/or behaviors as DE risk factors, including a family history of eating disorders, low self-esteem, weigh/appearance concerns, certain personality traits (i.e., being a perfectionist or extroverted), negative body image, poor emotional well being, and high stress (Croll et al., 2002, Jacobi et al., 2004 and Striegel-Moore and Bulik, 2007). The societal emphasis on thinness for females, strongly perpetrated through media, has been identified as an underlying contributor to weight concerns, poor body image and desire to lose weight that are strongly associated with DE behaviors among many girls and women (Bratland-Sanda and Sundgot-Borgen, 2013 and Polivy and Herman, 2002). Overall, strong evidence suggests that eating disturbances are multifactorial, with unique interactions between personal, environmental and genetic factors (Ghaderi and Scott, 2001 and Striegel-Moore and Bulik, 2007). Female college students represent a particularly vulnerable population for engaging in unhealthy eating patterns (Fortes et al., 2014 and Krahn et al., 2005). The period between ages 18 and 21, a typical age of attending college, has been identified as the time of peak onset of clinical eating disorders (Berg, Frazier, & Sherr, 2009). Recent studies indicated that college females report engaging in dysregulated eating frequently and also report using a wide range of pathological behaviors coupled with negative attitudes related to either eating or weight (Bratland-Sanda and Sundgot-Borgen, 2013 and Fitzsimmons-Craft et al., 2012). These trends may be potentially explained by college students facing a variety of stressors as they transition from adolescence to adulthood, such as dealing with college-level academic expectations, creating new work and social relationships and being away from home (Cooley and Toray, 2001, Fitzsimmons-Craft et al., 2012 and French and Jeffery, 1994). Exercise offers multiple benefits to individuals across the age and gender groups, including young females (Costarelli et al., 2009, Hausenblas and Downs, 2001 and Varnes et al., 2013). In addition to improved physical health and fitness, a recent systematic review by Varnes et al. (2013) indicated that girls and women involved in sports had higher body satisfaction and more positive body image than those who did not participate in athletics. The study, however, found that the benefit of being involved in athletics might be reduced in athletes based on their level of competition and/or type of sport (Varnes et al., 2013). In fact, some studies found that female athletes were at a greater risk of DE than general population of females and thus research in this area remains inconclusive (Sundgot-Borgen and Torstveit, 2004 and Torstveit and Sundgot-Borgen, 2005). Excessive training, frequent food restriction and extreme dieting are examples of dysregulated behaviors that have been reported by female athletes in previous research (De Bruin et al., 2007 and Monthuy-Blanc et al., 2010). Given the common belief within the athletic environment that low body weight and body fat enhance performance, athletes may engage in unhealthy patterns to achieve lower weight or body fat under pressures created by coaches, parents, and/or female athletes themselves (Barrack et al., 2013 and Holm-Denoma et al., 2009). In the area of dysregulated eating behaviors, emotion regulation represents an emerging construct (Costarelli et al., 2009 and Han and Pistole, 2014). Sim and Zeman (2006) were among the first to publish data identifying emotional status as a potential predictor of DE in a sample of young females. Difficulties with emotion regulation have also been linked to DE, specifically to binge eating, in a study by Whiteside et al. (2007). In a sample of 695 college students (both females and males), those with poor access to emotion regulation strategies and greater difficulty identifying emotional states were more likely to engage in binge-eating behaviors (Whiteside et al., 2007). This association was stronger than the contributions of gender, food restriction and weight/shape concerns to the overall variance in the binge eating behaviors in this sample. A few studies have found similar associations between DE and emotion regulation among men. For instance, Lavender and Anderson (2010) indicated that DE behaviors and body dissatisfaction in college male students were predicted by difficulties with emotion regulation. In their sample, young men with lower ability to accept their emotions and those without adequate emotion regulation strategies, reported greater DE scores. All together, findings of these studies point to the potentially important influence of emotion regulation on DE patterns among young college-age individuals. Despite the proposed associations between sports participation, emotion regulation, and DE patterns in previous studies, research examining these constructs has been limited in the at-risk population of female college students and none of the studies have assessed emotion regulation of athletes compared to non-athletes (Fortes and Ferreire, 2011, Haase, 2011, Holm-Denoma et al., 2009 and Reinking and Alexander, 2005). The main purpose of this study was to examine athletic participation and emotion regulation as potential predictors of DE in a sample of female college students. First, we hypothesized that participation in athletics and greater emotion regulation difficulties will predict greater DE symptoms in our sample of young females. Second, we hypothesized that emotion regulation mediates the link between athletic status (athlete vs. non-athlete) and DE symptoms.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
5. Conclusions Female college athletes in our sample reported lower prevalence of DE and fewer difficulties with regulating their emotions than non-athletes. Emotion regulation was not a powerful mediator of the link between sports participation and DE, thus it appears that female athletes were more protected from dysregulated eating due to other attributes related to their athletic status. Given the devastating effects of clinical eating disorders, routine screenings for early signs of dysregulated eating should be implemented with young female university students wherever feasible. Since sports participation was a significant predictor of lower DE score regardless of family history of eating disorders and emotion regulation, health professionals working with college females should emphasize the importance of physical activity for both physiological and psychological benefits. Future studies should examine physiological, psychological and/or cognitive characteristics of female college athletes in order to identify factors that mediate the link between athletic-status and DE in this population.