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Psychology majors Jenna Brownfeld and Kyle Capstick presented at the American Psychological Association conference in Washington, DC.

This study looks at the relationship among collegiate female student-athletes’ experiences with fat-talk, self-esteem, and disordered eating tendencies. Two hundred and ninety-eight undergraduate female students (32 lean physique athletes, and 110 non-lean physique athletes, 156 nonathletes) fromĀ  NCAA Division I, II, and III completed the survey. Analyses showed correlations between fat-talk and disordered eating tendencies, as well as self-esteem and disordered eating tendencies for all three subgroups. Non-lean physique athletes were the only subgroup that demonstrated a negative significant correlation between self-esteem and fat-talk. These and other findings are discussed in terms of body image and its effect on collegiate females.