An Examination of Eating Behaviours at University Debating Tournaments

Research skills for social work



Disordered eating, Debating, Eating habits, Stress


Eating disorders and disordered eating behaviours have been on the rise in recent decades. Current research into eating behaviours indicates that several sociocultural factors can contribute to abnormal eating patterns. University debating is highly competitive, and many elite debaters have found that their eating patterns changed due to participating in debating tournaments. This paper interviews three elite debaters to identify what caused their eating habits to change. In doing so, this research project was able to highlight some of the key concerns in university debating, and the effects of stress on debaters’ eating behaviours.


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