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Why Athletes Develop Eating Disorders

By Elizabeth Shimer Bowers — 2014

Learn why eating disorders tend to occur in athletes, and what you can do to recognize and get help for sports-related anorexia and bulimia.

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What Is Anorexia Athletica?

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Athlete Well-Being