Eating disorders and disordered eating may occur in people who are regarded by society as being extremely fit and healthy.
Both males and females engaged in competitive physical activities, including sports, fitness and dance, have increased rates of body dissatisfaction, disordered eating and eating disorders.
Eating Disorders in Sport and Fitness: Prevention, Early Identification and Response
The NEDC has developed a comprehensive manual to assist sport and fitness professionals in understanding eating disorders, promoting health and wellbeing within an organisation, recognising and responding to eating disorders and supporting athletes who are undergoing treatment for an eating disorder. Follow the link below to obtain a copy of this publication.
AIS-NEDC joint partnership on disordered eating in high performance sport
The NEDC has been working in partnership with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) for over two years to help the high performance sport system support the prevention and early identification of disordered eating, and promote timely intervention. See the position statement and supporting resources here:
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, athletes, coaches and support staff have faced, and will continue to face, a range of challenges and potential triggers that may cause disordered eating. The AIS and NEDC have developed fact sheets and a video with helpful tips available here:
Video: COVID-19 advice for athletes, NEDC-AIS partnership
Fact sheet: COVID-19 advice for coaches and performance support staff, NEDC-AIS partnership
Fact sheet: COVID-19 advice for athletes, NEDC-AIS partnership