ANRED logo: eating disorders: anorexia nervosa, bulimia, binge eating disorder: information and resources

Athletes with eating disorders

High achieving, competitive people who base their self-worth on performance excellence and winning seem to be at higher risk of developing eating disorders than mellow couch potatoes.

This section of the ANRED web site contains the following pages

    • Statistics
    • Male and female athletes: different risk factors
    • Wrestlers and quick weight loss: dangerous practices

    • Differences between female athletes and non-athletes with anorexia nervosa

    • Differences between female athletes and non-athletes with bulimia nervosa

    • Obligatory exercise is sometimes called compulsive exercise or anorexia athletica
    • Athletes and people preoccupied with fitness can develop this obsessive compulsion

    • A challenge that puts coaches and trainers in a difficult situation
    •  Background and practical tips on how to proceed

    • Usually a team approach seems is the most effective
    • Coaches and trainers should be included on the treatment team
    • Issues affecting participation in athletic events must be addressed


 Warning! Please Note: ANRED information is not a substitute for medical or psychological evaluation and treatment. For help with the physical and emotional problems associated with eating disorders, talk to your physician and a mental health professional.


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