It is very important for everyone (all ages and gender) to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle. This includes a balanced diet and regular exercise. Participation in sports can lead to intense competition and sometimes pressure to be the best. Most competition and some degree of pressure may be healthy, serving as motivation to practice and train appropriately, and to develop good habits and positive attributes such as dedication, determination, and persistence. However, sometimes this pressure can be too much, and can result in negative behaviors, including poor eating habits. Young females are particularly susceptible, as they are under these pressures with sports, but also are under a great deal of pressure in today’s society to be thin or look a certain way. Thus it is very important that teenage females and their parents, guardians, caregivers, and coaches are aware of the female athlete triad.
For information on the female athlete triad, click here.
***If you think you or your child may have the female athlete triad (or any component of it), please contact Dr. Buchko or your family physician to discuss.