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Jornal Brasileiro de Psiquiatria

Print version ISSN 0047-2085On-line version ISSN 1982-0208


FORTES, Leonardo de Sousa et al. Comparison of disordered eating between young athletes and non-athletes. J. bras. psiquiatr. [online]. 2015, vol.64, n.4, pp.296-302. ISSN 1982-0208.


To compare factors of disordered eating to non-athlete and athlete groups aesthetic, endurance or weight class division sports.


One hundred and eighty-seven athletes and 200 subjects who comprised the non-athlete group were participated. We used the Eating Attitudes Test (EAT-26) to evaluate the disordered eating. We conducted multivariate analysis of covariance to compare the EAT-26 subscales according to group and sex.


The results showed that all the scores of the EAT-26 subscales were higher in females compared to males, regardless of group (p < 0,05). Furthermore, the EAT-26 subscales were similar between athletes and non-athletes in females and in males, showed up high scores for the Diet and Self-control Oral subscales in the non-athlete group when compared to athletes (p < 0,05).


The athletes did not show higher scores on the EAT-26 subscales when compared to the non-athlete group.

Keywords : Eating disorders; athletes; adolescents.

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