Women Athletes, Menstrual Periods and Thinness: Real Effects

Topics: Wellness and Health

The female athlete Triad is disordered eating, amenorrhea, and osteoporosis. It affects 6/10 women in the U.S. and E.U., and performance, mood and health. And it can be treated, readily.

Athletes competing in nonleanness sports and ball game sports have the lowest risk for the Triad—lower than non-athletes and athletes in leanness sports. Amazingly, a higher percentage of controls (69.2%) than athletes (60.4%) are classified as at risk of the Triad ( P < 0.01) at all ages except for women in their 20s. For a full classification, see Are Elite Athletes at Increased Risk?

Disordered eating “encompasses binging; purging; prolonged fasting; use of diet pills, diuretics, and laxatives; and thought patterns such as preoccupation with food, dissatisfaction with one’s body, fear of becoming fat, and a distorted body image.” So, it’s common in the Western Hemisphere. And it can be treated, successfully, with medication, therapy and a better understanding of what you need to eat.