Research has shown that exercise for weight control is associated with disordered eating indices in older adolescent or adult exercisers in fitness centers. This study examined whether these relationships could be replicated in a more general sample of 140 Dutch adolescent girls between 13 and 18 years old. Questions about sport participation, items from the Multidimensional Body Image Questionnaire and BULIT-R, the Contour Drawing Rating Scale and Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale were completed. The girls were categorized as sport-participants with or without weight-related motives or as non-sport-participants. Weight-related sport participation was significantly associated with body dissatisfaction, more weight control and lower self-esteem. In conclusion, it is important to consider motives for sport participation when studying relationships between sport and well being.
de Bruin, A. P., Woertman, L., Bakker, F. C., & Oudejans, R. R. D. (2009). Weight-related sport motive and girls’ body image, weight control behaviors and self-esteem. Sex Roles, 60, 628-641. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11199-008-9562-8