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ERIC Number: EJ794488
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 7
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0730-3084
Achieving the Perfect Body: Nutritional Behaviors of Nonprofessional, Regional Female Dancers
Griner, Brenda; Michiels Hernandez, Barbara L.; Strickland, George; Boatwright, Douglas
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (JOPERD), v77 n9 p40-45, 51 Nov-Dec 2006
For female students and professional dancers, dance imposes a low body-weight image. Despite high energy needs, many female dancers consume fewer nutrients than recommended when they perceive themselves as overweight. These abnormal behaviors can lead to malnutrition, dehydration, and vitamin deficiencies, or even to medical problems such as eating disorders, menstrual irregularities, musculoskeletal injuries, and overuse syndrome. This article shows how education, screening, fitness testing, and health-risk assessment can be incorporated into dance programs to help identify at-risk dancers and to structure appropriate training programs that will help dancers achieve lean bodies while still eating healthy, and develop a positive attitude toward nutrition without incorporating health-risk factors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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