Category: Athletics

Athletes Coming to Terms with Their Body Shape & Weight

Athlete Volleyball Female Players Over the past two years, former UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi twice “broke the internet” with stunning floor routines and an infectious personality. But that’s not all. She’s brought more attention to a struggle many athletes face—negative body image. To hear that elite athletes struggle with body image may come as a surprise. Many people watch [...]
Read More

Preventing Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating Behaviors in Athletes

Female Athletes and Anorexia in swimmers Contributed by Staff at McCallum Place The world of professional sports can be high-stress and is often accompanied by intense pressure to overperform. Unfortunately, athletes can also feel pressure to meet certain standards related to weight which often leads to disordered eating behaviors in athletes. Certain sports, such as wrestling and boxing, have specific weight [...]
Read More

Elite Athletes & Eating Disorder Recovery – 5 Tips for Teammates and Coaches

Female Athletes and Anorexia in swimmers For elite athletes with eating disorders, the demands of competition are often compounded by expectations to be thinner, faster, stronger, or just generally in peak physical form for their sport. A message is sent to many athletes that this idealized body and weight (often inaccurately viewed as essential to top performance) is to be achieved [...]
Read More

5 Tips for Coaches to Identify Eating Disorders in Athletes

Female athlete on Balance Beam Struggling with an Eating Disorder Athletes are particularly vulnerable to developing an eating disorder. While participating in athletics can be a great way to build self-esteem and promote positive well-being, the immense pressure to compete and to win along with other risk factors can create an environment conducive to developing an eating disorder. It is important to help coaches identify [...]
Read More

A Letter to Track and Cross-Country Runners

Female runner battling Athletes with eating disorders Amanda Schlitzer Tierney, MS, CSCS – Strength and Conditioning Coach at The Victory Program at McCallum Place Dear Track and Cross-Country Runners, To the competitors at the height of your career, retired recreational runners and the aspiring runners seeking mentorship, guidance, and inspiration…I see you, I hear you, and I am with you. Throughout the years [...]
Read More

History of Olympic Athletes & Eating Disorders

Olympic Athletes in the Olympic Rings History of Olympic Athletes & Eating Disorders It is known that athletes are at an increased risk of developing an eating disorder more than the general population. While participating in athletics can be a great way to build self-esteem and promote positive wellbeing, the immense pressure to compete and to win can create an environment [...]
Read More

Figure Skating and Eating Disorders: What You Need to Know

Woman Figure Skating Figure Skating and Eating Disorders: What You Need to Know With the Winter Olympics being held earlier this year, top figure skating athletes like Gabrielle Daleman and Adam Rippon have shared their experiences with disordered eating and poor body image. These stories have re-opened the dialogue about figure skating and eating disorders. In particular, it [...]
Read More

Athletes & Anorexia: Why Being Lean Has Become An Obsession

athletes running on the bridge Many sports are judged on the body-type, weight, and performance of an athlete. Aesthetic sports may be more susceptible to eating disorders and when comparing self to others, behaviors can increase rigid eating, engagement in over-exercise programs, and over-commit to their sport which can lead to a diagnosable eating disorder. Stress and Pressure Anorexia is [...]
Read More

How Cutting Weight For Sports May Foster Disordered Eating

Woman with arms up Athletes across the board are facing increasing competition on all levels, including high school, collegiate sports, professional athletics, and more. It is not uncommon for athletes to engage in specific training regimens in order to optimize their athletic performance. For the majority of athletes, this includes following a specialized diet and training protocol, usually advised [...]
Read More