Why Athletes with Eating Disorders Need to be in Treatment
- Recovery for athletes with eating disorders without treatment is unlikely.
- Without treatment, the athlete can become isolated.
- Over time, the athlete will deteriorate physically and psychologically.
- Performance in athletes with eating disorders is eventually negatively affected.
- Poorer performance increases pressure on the athlete.
- The disorder is apt to be the athlete’s way to deal with pressure.
- An increase in pressure on the athlete increases the need for the disorder.
- Medical complications are common and potentially life-threatening in athletes with eating disorders.
- Many athletes with eating disorders and anorexia athletica have fluid, electrolyte, and energy imbalances, increasing the risk of cardiovascular compromise while competing.
- Postponing treatment can lead to worse outcomes.
- Malnutrition has a significant impact on thinking in athletes with eating disorders - affecting concentration, the ability to see things in context, and impair judgment.
- Malnutrition can lead to both brittle bones and metabolic compromise and increased risk of musculoskeletal injury.
- A compulsion to exercise and over train may make stabilization difficult in athletes with eating disorders without structure and support.