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18.1: Female Athlete Triad

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  • In 1992, an association between disordered eating, amenorrhea, and osteoporosis was observed in female athletes concerned about a lean physique.  The phrase, female athlete triad, was coined and is now used to describe a syndrome in which eating disorders (or low energy availability), amenorrhoea/oligomenorrhoea, and decreased bone mineral density (osteoporosis and osteopenia) are present.