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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: A life history analysis of a male athlete with an eating disorder
Author(s): Papathomas, Anthony
Lavallee, David
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Keywords: Eating disorders in men
Body image in men
Male athletes
Exercise addiction
Issue Date: Apr-2006
Date Deposited: 27-Aug-2012
Citation: Papathomas A & Lavallee D (2006) A life history analysis of a male athlete with an eating disorder. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 11 (2), pp. 143-179.;
Abstract: An exploratory investigation, employing the life history method, was conducted with a male athlete with an eating disorder. The focus of the life history is Mike (pseudonym), an individual with a strong athletic identity, who developed bulimia amidst aspirations to be an elite sports performer. Interviews were structured around the life course, beginning with early childhood memories and ultimately reaching the present day. His narrative suggests the achievement threats and weight-based performance pressures associated with competitive sport played a role in precipitating the onset of bulimia nervosa. When such performance pressures were removed the eating disorder remained and evolved, suggesting that disordered eating in sport can have deeper roots as opposed to being primarily situational. Recovery coincided with the cessation of sport participation and the opening up of a foreclosed identity.
DOI Link: 10.1080/15325020500409192
Rights: Publisher policy allows this work to be made available in this repository. This is an electronic version of an article published in Journal of Loss and Trauma: International Perspectives on Stress & Coping, Volume 11, Issue 2, 2006, pp. 143-179. Journal of Loss and Trauma: International Perspectives on Stress & Coping is available online at:

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