Category: Athletics

Screening for Eating Disorders Among High School Athletes

Hurdles on HS Track Screening can help figure out who needs treatment for disordered eating. This is important since the number of adolescent athletes who are struggling with eating disorders is continuing to increase [1]. Researchers have been looking into what screening tools are effective for this population. High School Athletes & Eating Disorders Athletes are one group of [...]
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Marching Bands & Eating Disorders

Synopsis While many people do not recognize it, marching band artists are athletes as well as performance artists and, therefore, are at increased risk of eating disorders. 27,000 individuals are involved in competitive marching bands in the United States but the physical exertion and mental stress they experience is not often talked about [1]. This [...]
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How College Coaches Can Support an Athlete Struggling with an Eating Disorder

Girl's College Volleyball Team The pressure and competitiveness of college sports make athletes that play them susceptible to eating disorders, particularly if they believe it will serve their athletic performance. The National Collegiate Athlete Association (NCAA) reported in a survey that “70% of responding institutions reported at least one case of an eating disorder, with 90% of those cases occurring [...]
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Teen Athletes and Eating Disorders

Playing sports in high school can be a great way to build confidence, support physical health and fitness, and develop meaningful relationships with teammates and mentors. Yet despite the benefits associated with adolescent sports, research shows that for some teen athletes, the sports environment can increase the risk of developing disordered eating (DE) and eating [...]
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Eating Disorders in Young Athletes Among Mental Health Concerns on the Rise During Pandemic

Speaking with Athletes about Eating Disorders and running races Contributor: Staff at McCallum Place In one way or another, the COVID-19 pandemic has been hard for everyone. It’s been especially difficult for young athletes. Though the coronavirus mortality rate for adolescents, teens, and young adults is extremely low, the mental health effects of having their academic, social, and extracurricular lives altered and their routines [...]
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Triathletes & Cyclists’ Vulnerability to Eating Disorders

Man standing by his bike A recent study reveals triathletes and cyclists are significantly more vulnerable to developing an eating disorder (ED) than the general population [1]. While more research is still required on the subject, this study suggests eating disorders pose a significant threat to adult athletes. Therefore, ED screening and awareness among adult athlete populations should become a [...]
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Risk Factors of Athletes Competing in “Lean” Sports

Many routes lead to eating disorders and disordered eating behaviors. It is for this reason that researchers and treatment professionals cannot pinpoint one specific cause. However, when considering the experience of athletes, it is clear that the ways in which exercise factors into “lean” sports is an important factor. “Lean” Sports’ Impact on Body Image [...]
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Male Professional Athletes & Eating Disorder: A Lesser Told Story

Picture of Male Athletes with Eating Disorders The struggle of men with eating disorder diagnoses is a topic that is not spoken about enough. Male athletes in particular often struggle with eating disorder in silence. For many that struggle with mental illness, conversations that increase the visibility of their disorder help to normalize their pain and allow them to feel more comfortable [...]
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Appreciating Body Functionality Over Appearance

Ladies Dancing in relation to views of the body For those struggling with an eating disorder, negative body image and body dissatisfaction are common. When working to improve negative body image or body dissatisfaction, eating disorder specialists often help individuals focus on appreciating their body functionality, or what it can do, versus how it looks. How appreciating body functionality over appearance helps improve body [...]
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