Dancer Disordered Eating: Comparison of Disordered Eating Behavior and Nutritional Status Among Female Dancers
On the EAT-26, 4 out of 21 subjects (19%) scored in eating disorder symptomatic range. The group means for the DINE U.S. nutritional subscales were below recommended levels: caloric intake, 59% (SD = 17.6); protein, 75% (SD = 20.9); calcium, 48% (SD = 19.8); iron, 63% (SD = 27.8); and phosphorus, 80% (SD = 24.7). A Fisher Exact Test for Significance in a 2 x 2 Contingency Table confirmed no significant relationship between disordered eating behavior and nutritional status. On the UDP, 76% of the sample scored in the Body Dissatisfaction range.
We can conclude, therefore, that the sample population has normal eating attitudes, yet is preoccupied with body weight and shape, and that the subjects restrict their caloric intake. The results of this study indicate that the female dance population may be at risk for developing subclinical eating disorders within the dance subculture, or Dancer Disordered Eating.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Dance Program, Koehler Dance Studio, East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania 18360 2: Retired from the Department of Movement Studies and Exercise Science at East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Publication date: 1998-09-01