Senior Honors Projects, 2010-2019

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Date of Graduation

Spring 2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)


Department of Health Sciences


Audrey J. Burnett

Theresa M. Enyeart Smith

Monica Reis-Bergan


Background: The prevalence of eating disorders on college campuses indicates an important issue in contemporary society. As students experience a heightened level of freedom, they have the option to explore multiple forms of weight- management, including compulsive exercise.

Methodology: An online survey was distributed to female undergraduate students(n=206) at James Madison University.

Results: A significant relationship was found between eating disorder symptomology and where participants decided to spend their time at the University Recreation Center (UREC), as well as what type of physical activity they chose to perform. A significant inverse relationship between increasing muscle mass and burning calories was also observed.

Discussion: Participants with the goal of burning calories experienced overall less positive attitudes towards working out, used appearance as a main motivator for where they decide to work out, and were more likely to exhibit symptoms of an eating disorder.

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