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Jornal Brasileiro de Psiquiatria

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Abstract

FORTES, Leonardo de Sousa; OLIVEIRA, Flávio Garcia de  and  FERREIRA, Maria Elisa Caputo. Influence of affective, anthropometric and sociodemographic factors on eating behavior in young athletes. J. bras. psiquiatr. [online]. 2012, vol.61, n.3, pp. 148-153. ISSN 0047-2085.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0047-20852012000300005.

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to analyze the influence of various factors on the inadequate eating behavior (IEB) in young female athletes. METHODS: Participants 116 athletes. The IEB was evaluated by applying IEB of the Eating Attitudes Test (EAT-26). The body dissatisfaction and psychological commitment to exercise were assessed by the Body Shape Questionnaire and Commitment Exercise Scale, respectively. The economic level was obtained by the "Classification Criteria Economic Brazil". Body weight and height to calculate the index of mass (BMI) and skinfold thickness to estimate the percentage of fat. We carried out multiple linear regression using the SPSS 17.0 software and adopting a significance level of 5%. RESULT: The body dissatisfaction, followed by the percentage of fat were the only variables that modulate the EAT-26 scores. However, the multiple linear regression model explained 1/3 of the variance of these IEB sportsmen. CONCLUSION: It was concluded that the IEB was influenced female athletes primarily by body dissatisfaction.

Keywords : Eating behavior; body image; athletes.

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