Teen Female Athletes with Poor Diets Risk Reproductive and Bone Problems

According to a recent study in the journal Pediactrics, adolescent female athletes are more likely to experience reproductive and bone health problems if they don’t follow a healthy diet.

ABC News’ chief health and medical editor, Dr. Richard Besser appeared on Good Morning America to explain that girls build 90 percent of bone strength during adolescents and while sports is supposed to support healthy bone growth and reduce risk for obesity and other diseases, poor eating habits put girls at risk.

Dr. Besser labels this risk the “female athlete triad”: the risk of having an eating disorder, weaker bones and an irregular menstrual cycle. The athletes most at risk include gymnasts, cheer leaders, runners and others who participate in sports with endurance, weight restrictions or that emphasize appearance/leanness.