Cheerleaders With Bare Bellies Most Likely to Have Eating Disorders

In this hard hitting piece by BusinessWeek.com (Business Week?) a researcher has revealed a startelying correlation between skimpy cheerleading outfits and eating disorders among young women.

The surprising part of this study? That it took this guy more than a day to figure that out. Duh!

Midriff-revealing uniforms are linked to a higher risk of eating disorders among college cheerleaders, new research shows. Toni Torres-McGehee, an assistant professor of athletic training at the University of South Carolina, studied 136 college cheerleaders in Division I and Division II, trying to determine if there were links between their team positions, their clothing requirements (full or midriff uniforms, for example), body image and prevalence of eating disorders.

One-third of the cheerleaders appeared to be at risk of developing eating disorders, and those on teams with uniforms that bared the midriff were at highest risk. They were also most likely to have body-image issues.
“Maladaptive body image and eating behaviors can form during youth and last a lifetime,” Torres-McGehee said in a news release. “Teams and coaches should consider the long-term effects of requiring cheerleaders to wear revealing uniforms simply for aesthetic reasons.”

Source – Business Week