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Nutritional Risks among Adolescent Athletes with Disordered Eating

Department of Public Health Policy, School of Public Health, University of West Attica, Athens University Campus, 196 Alexandras Avenue, 11521 Athens, Greece
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Children 2021, 8(8), 715; https://doi.org/10.3390/children8080715
Received: 28 June 2021 / Revised: 16 August 2021 / Accepted: 19 August 2021 / Published: 21 August 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Childhood Malnutrition)
In their attempt to achieve the optimum weight or body shape for their activity, athletes frequently use harmful weight-control practices that may lead to the development of disordered eating or eating disorders. These practices are linked to several medical and mental consequences that may be more serious in adolescent athletes, as their bodies must meet both intensive growth demands and training requirements at the same time. Among other consequences, adolescent athletes may be at nutritional risk, due to their high nutrient needs and unhealthy eating behaviors. A literature review was conducted to examine the main nutritional risks and malnutrition issues faced by adolescent athletes that present disordered eating attitudes or eating disorders. Most studies refer to adult elite athletes, however research on adolescent athletes also indicates that the most common nutritional risks that may arise due to disordered eating include energy, macronutrient and micronutrient deficiencies, dehydration and electrolyte imbalances and changes in body composition that may lead to menstrual abnormalities, and decreased bone mass density. Educational programs and early detection of disordered eating and eating disorders are crucial to avoid the emergence and ensure timely management of nutrition-related problems in the vulnerable group of adolescent athletes. View Full-Text
Keywords: adolescent athletes; eating disorders; disordered eating; nutritional risk; low energy availability; female athlete triad adolescent athletes; eating disorders; disordered eating; nutritional risk; low energy availability; female athlete triad
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Kontele, I.; Vassilakou, T. Nutritional Risks among Adolescent Athletes with Disordered Eating. Children 2021, 8, 715. https://doi.org/10.3390/children8080715

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Kontele I, Vassilakou T. Nutritional Risks among Adolescent Athletes with Disordered Eating. Children. 2021; 8(8):715. https://doi.org/10.3390/children8080715

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Kontele, Ioanna, and Tonia Vassilakou. 2021. "Nutritional Risks among Adolescent Athletes with Disordered Eating" Children 8, no. 8: 715. https://doi.org/10.3390/children8080715

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