According to a recent article in Women’s Running, “the fitness industry is rife with harmful messaging around food and exercise.” It goes on to say,
Eating disorders are serious and have the highest mortality rates of any mental health diagnosis in the U.S., and will negatively impact athletic performance and well-being. Eating disorders can affect athletes of any age, gender identity, and body size. Appearances are not an accurate way of assessing an athlete’s mental, or physical well-being.
Dr. Nickols goes on to say,
“Although there is overlap between symptoms of disordered eating and an eating disorder, there are differences between these two presentations. As such, qualified providers need to assess further whether an eating disorder is also present in the context of disordered eating,” says Dr. Riley Nickols, Ph.D, a Counseling and Sport Psychologist who specializes in eating disorders among athletes.
Looking for someone who understands the unique needs of an athlete? The sport psychologists and sports dietitians at Mind Body Endurance can help.