Disordered eating in sport: An online CPD course for coaches and sports professionals

Disordered eating in athletes

There is a growing body of research indicating that the incidence of disordered eating is considerably higher among athletes in comparison to non-sports participants. Indeed, around 40% of athletes may exhibit signs of disordered eating1. Disordered eating in athletes is known to increase the risk of injury, illness and long-term health issues (e.g., osteoporosis and amenorrhea2) as well as having a detrimental impact on performance. Individuals with disordered eating can often go on to develop clinical eating disorders, which are severe psychiatric conditions that are difficult to treat and manage3. Detecting the signs and symptoms of disordered eating at an early stage is therefore of critical importance to protect athlete health, wellbeing and performance.

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