Psychometric Analysis of Disordered Eating in Sports Scale (DES)

  • Leonardo de Sousa Fortes Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
  • Sebastião de Sousa Almeida Universidade de São Paulo
  • Maria Elisa Caputo Ferreira Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora


There is no specific psychometric scale that addresses disordered eating among Brazilian athletes. This study's aim was to analyze the psychometric properties of the Disordered Eating in Sports Scale (DES) among Brazilian athletes. A total of 1,338 athletes, both sexes,from various sports participated in the study; 141 were excluded. The DES and the Eating Attitudes Test (EAT-26) were used to assess disordered eating among the study participants. Exploratory factor analysis revealed a factor structure that explains more than 40% of the scale's variance. Thefinal version's items presented factors loadings greater than .3. The Pearson correlation showed a statistically significant relationship between the DES and EAT-26 subscales. No differences were found in the mean scores of DES in an interval of two weeks. The findings indicate differences in DES scores due to body adiposity. The conclusion is that DES showed satisfactory concurrent and discriminant validity and reproducibility.


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Fortes, L., Almeida, S., & Ferreira, M. (2016). Psychometric Analysis of Disordered Eating in Sports Scale (DES) . Paidéia (Ribeirão Preto), 26(64), 171-180.