Eating disorders are complex, serious and multi-faceted medical conditions. Whether or not they occur in a sporting context, they will seriously compromise the health of the sufferer and can be life-threatening.
Complex problems seldom have simple solutions or explanations. Nonetheless, measures can be incorporated into the support that athletes receive that will reduce the risk of problems developing.
Editor's comments - [ Until the early 1980s, most people, including professionals in mental health, had only a vague notion of bulimia nervosa, yet anorexia nervosa had been known about since the 1800s. Eating disorders in sports were even less well documented, and although people were aware of some athletes being ‘too thin to win’ or ‘fit but fragile’, little was done about these athletes. There were circulating beliefs that you had to be thin and of a certain body type to succeed at sport. Some athletes and coaches held the belief that a reduction in weight would always enhance performance. Traditions were handed down from generation to generation in certain sports about the best way to lose weight. Prior to the onset of a developed sports science programme, there was little information about the best weight for sport or about nutrition practices that enabled refuelling and energy for sport. ] Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from <this page's full URL>
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Reference : UKSport. (2007). Eating disorders and sport: A guideline framework for practitioners working with high performance athletes. London: UKSport
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