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Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Thesis: Campus only access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Leadership Studies

First Advisor

Terry Price


As a competitive gymnast and diver, I was surrounded by many female athletes who suffered from eating disorders. As I transitioned to collegiate athletics, I realized that it was not just a problem in aesthetic sports. I understood that the pressure of collegiate athletics puts female athletes at a greater risk of developing an eating disorder than the general population. I questioned what collegiate athletics does to mitigate the risks of eating disorders. In my first chapter I study the relevance of bodyweight and athletic success across different categories of sports. In my second chapter I develop an ethical theory to coaching based on my values of wellbeing and autonomy. In my third chapter I argue an ethical coach should promote the well-being and autonomy of athletes in respect to eating disorders.