University Marching Band Artists Are at Significant Risk for Eating Disorders

Thursday, July 16, 2020




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July 16, 2020





DALLAS, TX – Marching band artists are a physically active population composed of approximately 27,000 people in the United States. New research found that two-thirds of university marching band artists are at risk for eating disorders with females (31.3%) displaying higher risk for eating disorders than males (15.3%).
The research also uncovered that both males and females are engaging in pathogenic behavior such as chronic dieting, fasting, laxative use, binge eating, diuretic use, or self-induced purging to control their weight; with females displaying a higher risk for purging.

Examination of Eating Disorder Risk Among University Marching Band Artists is being presented today as part of the 2020 NATA Virtual Clinical Symposia & AT Expo educational programming, which transitioned to a virtual event in light of COVID-19. The study abstract will be published in the Journal of Athletic Training, the scientific journal of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, later this year.

“In university marching bands, artists face many of the same physical demands and mental stressors as traditional student athletes. This can predispose them to injury and illness and put them at risk for disordered eating or eating disorders,” said Nancy Uriegas, MS, SCAT, ATC, Doctoral Teaching and Research Assistant, University of South Carolina. “However, they do not receive the same medical oversight as traditional sports. It is imperative that universities provide marching band artists with appropriate health care, such as athletic trainers, who can provide education as well as implement prevention strategies and clinical interventions.”

A convenience sample of 150 marching band artists was analyzed from a larger cross-sectional study from three NCAA Division I university marching bands. Participants anonymously completed the Eating Disorder Inventory -3 (EDI-3) and the EDI-3 Symptom Checklist (SC). Cross‑tabulations and Chi-square analyses were used to examine the proportion of participants classified as “at risk for EDI‑3 and EDI‑3 SC” across sex.

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