The most important aspect of my research paper is the aspect of competition. On the surface, eating disorders seem to be a problem of insecurity, a lack of comfort in one's own skin. What I want people to understand is that eating disorders aren't an issue that springs from weakness- often they result from an intense desire for perfection. And in many cases, they can be found among the seemingly ideal of us: models, actors, dancers, and athletes.
"In companies, weight can affect casting so I know that professional dancers highly watch their weight when shows are being cast and it can become competitive...I know a girl whose contract wasn't renewed because of her weight. Some companies require you to lose weight before joining and often times at auditions, they require you put your weight on your application...Most girls who choose to do ballet are perfectionists to some extent, so weight is one more thing they can control and perfect." - Personal interview with Ballet West dancer, Erin Villareal
“Female collegiate athletes have high prevalence rates of being at risk for eating disorders, with approximately 14% to 19% having symptom levels that are subclinical but problematic.”
“The sports environment can heighten body- and weight- related concerns because of factors such as pressure from coaches, social comparisons with teammates.” - Justine J. Reel, et al. "Female Collegiate Athletes: Prevalence Of Eating Disorders And Disordered Eating Behaviors." Journal Of American College Health 57.5 (2009): 489-496. Academic Search Premier. Web. 17 Feb. 2012.