Distance Running & Disordered Eating

As part of her dissertation work, Dr. Rebecca Busanich narratively explored the relationship between the body, food and exercise in distance runners to demonstrate the complex social construction of this relationship and its associated behaviors. Through this work, she deconstructed the traditional notion of disordered eating and examined the ways in which this relationship is profoundly gendered and shaped by the discourses and cultural narratives that are made available around the body, food and exercise.

Publications that have emerged out of this work include:

Busanich, R., McGannon, K.R. & Schinke, R. (2014). Comparing elite male and female distance runner’s experiences of disordered eating through narrative analysis. Psychology of Sport & Exercise: Special Issue on Eating Disorders in Sport, 15, 705-712.

Busanich, R., McGannon, K. R., & Schinke, R. J. (2012). Expanding understandings of the body, food & exercise relationship in distance runners: A narrative approach. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 13, 582-590.

Busanich, R. & McGannon, K.R. (2010). Deconstructing disordered eating: A feminist psychological approach to the body, food and exercise relationship in female athletes. Quest, 62, 385-405.


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