College is a time of transition for young people, and is often a time when eating disorders emerge for young women. Away from home and the normal structures of family meals, undergraduate women often find ample opportunities to compare themselves to others. For some, disordered eating patterns can develop.
pSome sports are especially focused on a lean physical appearance for females. Participating in a sport such as gymnastics or figure skating can put pressure on young women to maintain a particular weight, and disordered patterns of eating behaviors often push them into dangerous malnutrition./p