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Category: athletes and eating disorders

Male Runners and Eating Disorders

Written by Ron A. Thompson, PhD, FAED, CEDS Eating disorders are more prevalent in “lean” sports than “non-lean” sports. Lean sports have traditionally included weight-class, aesthetic, and endurance sports. Distance running has been included with endurance sports, although the term “endurance” has recently been replaced with “gravitational.” Gravitational sports are those in which moving the … Read More

Dance Movement Therapy

Written by Daisy Thompson, LMSW, LCDC-I “Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order.” -Samuel Becket According to the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) dance movement therapy (DMT) is a well-established psychotherapeutic intervention which is based on the empirically supported concept that body, mind, and spirit are interconnected, and that the psychotherapeutic use of movement … Read More

How Eating Disorders Affect Sports Performance

Written by Ron A. Thompson, PhD, FAED, CEDS When talking with athletes and coaches about eating disorders, the question I am often asked is how eating disorders affect sport performance. This is an important question because some athletes tell me that their performance actually improved when they began disordered eating behaviors (i.e., restricted eating, weight … Read More

Unbalanced Exercise in Athletes

Written by Riley Nickols, PhD Sport Psychological Resident, Therapist The Fall season is upon us. As such, students and teachers are in the middle of the school semester and athletes are in the midst of their respective Fall sport. A change in seasons could be a helpful reminder to be aware of changes in exercise … Read More

A Note from Dr. Kimberli McCallum

Written by Kimberli McCallum, MD, FAPA, CEDS, CEO and Executive Medical Director of McCallum Place Eating Disorder Centers I have been working with patients and their families struggling to overcome eating disorders for 25 years. My first patient as a resident at UCLA was a brilliant young woman struggling with restrictive eating, compulsive exercise and … Read More

Athletes and Body Image Issues

Written by Ron Thompson, PhD, FAED, CEDS, Co-director of The Victory Program at McCallum Place Sport is a microcosm of society. That is, what we see in society, we will likely see in sport, including body image issues. Unfortunately, those issues tend to be more complex and conflicted for athletes, especially female athletes, than for … Read More

Olympians and Eating Disorders

Ron Thompson, PhD, Co-Director of The Victory Program at McCallum Place As the XXII Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia approach, people in nations around the world are excited about watching the performances of some of the world’s greatest athletes. Most of us assume that these world class athletes are “healthy,” based on the fact … Read More

Addressing The Unique Treatment Needs Of Athletes With Eating Disorders

Jen Gapin, Ph.D., CC-AASP, Sport & Exercise Psychology Consultant/ Performance Enhancement Specialist, The Victory Program The world of sport is a microcosm of the world at large. Accordingly, what occurs in the larger world will likely occur in the sport world as well. Unfortunately, this includes eating disorders. Despite the fact that athletes are often … Read More

Protecting Young Athletes from Eating Disorders

Are young athletes more at risk for eating disorders? Unfortunately, the answer is “yes.” Young athletes have the same risk factors as the general population and older athletes, in addition to several others. First, they are often just beginning become serious about their sport around the age period associated with puberty. Not coincidentally, this is … Read More