Disordered Eating Issues in Active Children and Adolescence

  • Maria Fernandez-del-ValleEmail author
  • Marta Montil Jiménez
  • Lesley Carraway


The development of a child’s body image is strongly influenced by peers, school, family, society, and the media. While it is important for children to learn healthy eating habits and attitudes toward physical activity early in life, it is also essential that children learn to value themselves and develop a strong self-esteem. Without such positive influences, children and adolescents may develop disordered eating habits, which include the use of diet pills, laxatives, and excessive exercise. These disordered eating habits may manifest themselves as clinical eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia. It is of great importance that children receive support and positive influences from family, peers, and school to develop a healthy self-image and prevent the formation of disordered eating habits and eating disorders.


Disordered eating Risk and protective factors Body image Eating disturbances 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Fernandez-del-Valle
    • 1
    Email author
  • Marta Montil Jiménez
    • 2
  • Lesley Carraway
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Health, Exercise, and Sport SciencesTexas Tech UniversityLubbockUSA
  2. 2.Department of Kinesiology and Athletic TrainingUniversidad Europea de MadridVillaviciosa de OdónSpain
  3. 3.Department of Health, Exercise, and Sports SciencesTexas Tech University HESSLubbockUSA

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