Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2016

Document Type


Type of Thesis

General Honors

First Advisor

Dr. Lori Hunter

Second Advisor

Dr. Soo Rhee

Third Advisor

Dr. Abby Hickcox


Athletes are particularly vulnerable to the development of eating disorders, a dangerous category of mental illness. The primary focus of this paper is to explore the prevalence and causes of eating disorders among athletes through a thorough review of scholarly literature. Additionally, this paper includes analyses of data gathered from surveys sent to Division 1 (D1) coaches at the University of Colorado Boulder. The survey assessed coaches’ knowledge of eating disorders as a problem in athletics, their ability to identify eating disorder behaviors and warning signs, and their efforts to actively prevent these disorders. Results of the analysis will inform discussion of preventive treatment approaches that coaches, parents, and fellow athletes can implement.