Objectives: This study was intended to provide information about how the important period of adolescence can provide a valuable contribution to the protection of human health. Methods: : A total of 160 young people (n=160) between the ages of 11 and 17 years were included in the study. Of those, 80 were engaged in sports activities and 80 were not. Results: It was determined that those in the group who were not engaged in sports activities experienced more eating attitude disorders compared with the group who did participate in sports, and the difference was statistically significant (p<0.05). The results of this study verify the hypothesis that participation in sports can have a positive effect on eating attitudes. Conclusion: Sports can be very valuable in terms of the physical health and development of growing children, as well as in terms of mental health and the formation of good character and personality. Participation in sports at a young age has also been shown to be valuable in later life in many ways, and should therefore be encouraged and supported. Proper nutrition is the most substantial factor that can be managed by the family. Adequate, balanced, and well-planned nutrition provided on a regular basis is necessary to enable young people to reap all the benefits of sports and to develop in a healthy way.
Corresponding Author: Nurgul Keskin