Weighing the Evidence: One University Takes a Hard Look at Disordered Eating Among Athletes

Synopsis: Colburn University is the largest private university in the fictitious state of Columbia and is often recognized by people from distant parts of the country for its award-winning Division I athletic teams. That’s why when athletic director Harry Ritchie makes an offhanded comment about Colburn student-athletes with eating disorders, the press pounces. This incident coupled with a complaint from a parent draws the attention of Dean Francis Reilly, who finds himself needing to peel back some of the layers embedding college athletics on the issue of eating disorders among athletes. Throughout the narrative, different perspectives on sports and eating disorders are revealed from top-level administrators, like Dean Reilly, to the student-athletes themselves. As the story concludes, the conversation about eating disorders has begun, but questions still remain on how to make Colburn University a healthy environment for its student-athletes.

Skills: In this case students learn how to use the social ecological model to identify factors at multiple levels that influence risk of eating disorders.

Narrative Document for Students

Intermediate Lesson Plan for Teachers

Advanced Lesson Plan for Teachers