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When we see athletes performing in their element on courts, fields, boxing rings, and arenas, they often appear strong, confident, and, sometimes, even invincible. But do these women whose careers are founded on their bodies’ capabilities ever suffer from body image issues? How prevalent are eating disorders in female college athletes? ESPNW conducted an anonymous survey of 201 Division 1 female college athletes to learn how they feel about their bodies. Are they afraid of becoming too muscular? Do they feel pressure to be pretty? Do they worry about weight? The student athletes answered 13 questions and the ESPNW editors compiled the results. Here are some of their stats and responses. Visit ESPNW for the full survey results:
To honor the 70% stat, ESPNW asked some elite female athletes how they felt about their muscles, like boxers Claressa Shields, Laila Ali, CrossFitter Brooke Ence, and more. Women’s freestyle wrestler and 2016 Team USA Olympian Adeline Gray, 26, contributed a photo and said this about her muscles: “I have feared my back looking manly or big, but every time I make gains I am so pleased, and it makes me feel beautiful and toned.” It’s no secret that at Muscle & Fitness Hers, we love muscles. Check out some of our favorite “muscular women” included in our list of 11 Strongest Women of All Time, and these IFBB Pros Who Share Tips for Competition Prep.