Athletes are 2-3 times more likely to develop an eating disorder than the general population. Yet coaches, teammates, parents, and even athletes who struggle themselves are often unable to see it in a world where discipline, determination, and “no pain, no gain” attitude can lend themselves to disordered thoughts and behaviors around food and exercise.
Eating disorders are not visible in appearance, and athletes who eat “extremely healthy” may struggle with an unhealthy mindset. Athletes end up falling into injuries, other eating disorder patterns like binge eating and bulimia, or “permanent physical damage that, in some cases, can be career-ending or life-threatening.”
Unfortunately, coaches are left in the dark, with little training required, and unknowingly perpetuate misconceptions surrounding eating disorders. These issues are well hidden yet extremely prevalent. Meanwhile, athletes continue running in silence for fear of the shame, stigma, and confusion surrounding this difficult topic.
Our mission is to raise awareness and offer actionable steps through engaging and motivational presentations, encourage athletes to speak up about their own struggles, and help coaches navigate a piece of the sporting world that has been hidden for far too long.