female athlete triad

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The development of an eating disorder (e.g. anorexia nervosa), menstrual disorder (e.g. amenorrhoea), and a bone mineral disorder (e.g. osteoporosis) in a female athlete. It has been suggested that female athletes, especially those who compete in appearance sports, endurance sports, and weight-classification sports, are at higher risk from these disorders than the general female population. It has also been suggested that the triad starts with an eating disorder which may after a period of time lead to a menstrual disorder and then a bone mineral disorder.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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