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Girls on the Run: Improvements in self-esteem, body size satisfaction and eating attitudes/behaviors

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A pilot assessment of a curriculum-based running program geared for girls 8–12 years old (n=322) was implemented to assess influences regarding psychological risk factors leading to disordered eating among girls who participate in sports. Utilizing a pretest/posttest study design, researchers administered questionnaires in pre-program session T(1), and post-program T(2). Statistical tests on self-esteem (t=−10.628, p<0.05), body size satisfaction (t=4.359, p<0.05), and eating attitudes/behaviors (t=4.806, p<0.05) revealed statistically significant improvements from baseline to post program. A sport-training program supplemented with a wellness curriculum may be an effective primary prevention program for disordered eating attitudes and behaviors.

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DeBate, R.D., Thompson, S.H. Girls on the Run: Improvements in self-esteem, body size satisfaction and eating attitudes/behaviors. Eat Weight Disord 10, 25–32 (2005). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03353416

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Keywords

  • Children and eating disorders
  • body image
  • self-esteem
  • eating attitudes
  • eating behavior