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A Deeper Understanding of Female Athlete Body Image

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Title: A Deeper Understanding of Female Athlete Body Image
Author: Christensen, Jeney Anne
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to gain a better understanding of how body image can impact the self-esteem and confidence of female athletes. As the media and public image of professional female athletes becomes increasingly more sexualized, the pressure continues to rise for youth and collegiate female athletes to not only to excel at the sports they participate in, but also be what society deems attractive. These demands lead to harmful behaviors such as disordered eating, over-exercising, and certain drug abuse which, in turn, can result in serious health issues or even death. Continuous study and exploration of female body image – especially in the case of athletes – can aid those involved in battling above mentioned behaviors resulting from poor body image.
Date: 2013
Subject: Master of Science / Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences, College of Human Development and Education, 2013.
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/10365/22935

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