Evidence-Based Comprehensive Psychological, Nutritional and Medical Care

Why Athletes with Eating Disorders Need to be in Treatment

Psychological Reasons

  • 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 Reasons

  • 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.

Treating Eating Disorders: Anorexia  •   Bulimia  •   Binge Eating  •   Emotional Eating  •   Compulsive Exercising

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