Dieting is the most important predictor of new eating disorders.

Adolescent females, especially athletes, are a special population. Telling them to count calories, cut back on a macronutrient, or focus on food labels is as irresponsible as suggesting to a middle-aged sedentary office-worker that he should just go run a marathon.

‘Dieting level was categorised using the adolescent dieting scale, which comprises nine items and measures three dieting strategies: calorie counting, reducing food quantities at meals, and skipping meals.’

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