Poor nutrition education puts female athletes at risk

Lack of proper nutrition education may affect female athletes’ performance and long-term health, according to a new review.

Two decades of research among female athletes over the age of 13 shows that a lack of nutrition knowledge about what they need to eat to stay healthy and compete may contribute to poor performance, low energy and nutrient intake, and potential health risks, the review shows.

Mary Downes Gastrich, an associate professor at the Rutgers University Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, co-wrote the review in the Journal of Women’s Health.

Here, Gastrich talks about why female athletes often do not meet

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