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.
Marks of Quality Care
  • Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA)
  • Eating Disorder Coalition of Iowa
  • International Association Of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP)
  • National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)
  • National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)
  • RenewED, Eating Disorders Support
  • Washington University in St. Louis

As painful as it is to be here and do what they’re asking, I don’t think I’d be able to do it without the McCallum Place support. You don’t have to know how to fix it, just be willing to listen and try their suggestions.

– A Former Resident