Eating Disorders

What Are Eating Disorders?

The Canadian Mental Health Association states that, ‘every day, we are surrounded by different messages from different sources that impact the way we feel about the way we look. For some, poor body image is a sign of a serious problem: an eating disorder. Eating disorders are not just about food. They are often a way to cope with difficult problems or regain a sense of control. They are complicated illnesses that affect a person’s sense of identity, worth, and self-esteem. When someone has an eating disorder, their weight is the prime focus of their life. Their all-consuming preoccupation with calories, grams of fat, exercise and weight allows them to displace the painful emotions or situations that are at the heart of the problem and gives them a false sense of being in control.’

According to the National Eating Disorder Association, ‘Though most athletes with eating disorders are female, male athletes are also at risk—especially those competing in sports that tend to emphasize diet, appearance, size and weight. In weight-class sports (wrestling, rowing, horseracing) and aesthetic sports (bodybuilding, gymnastics, swimming, diving) about 33% of male athletes are affected. In female athletes in weight class and aesthetic sports, disordered eating occurs at estimates of up to 62%.’

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More On Eating Disorders:

There are many different types of eating disorders. Learn more about the different types of eating disorders

Think you may have an eating disorder? Learn what to look for or Take a screening

Struggling with an eating disorder? Check out the Recovery Record app

Looking for ways to help yourself? Browse recovery tips and self-help resources

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*** The information provided is not to be used for diagnostic or medical referral services. If you are currently experiencing a crisis or are unsure of what to do next, call a hotline below: Canada: 1-888-893-8333       |        USA: 1-800-273-8255