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important to fill up with healthy

food and plenty of water to fuel


your body for optimal
performance. Knowing the right
way to sustain a healthy eating
pattern while living a happy life
can come with complications,
especially in athletes. Eating well
is important, however, becoming
too concerned or preoccupied Signs of Disordered Eating:
with looking and feeling a
certain way can push athletes •   A lower than average
towards negative results. body weight or BMI2
Fortunately, there are ways in •   Unusually rapid weight
which disordered eating can be loss2
recognized, treated, and in the •   Strict eating patterns2
best case, prevented. •   Preoccupation with weight
or body shape6
https://www.eatingdisorderhope.com/information/eating-disorder/athletes-and-body- •   Social withdrawal or not
image-issues
participating in social
Being a hard-working and events2
competitive athlete in college can •   Overuse of certain
be tough. Balancing training supplements1
sessions, practice schedules, and o   Protein powders,
performing best on game days weight-loss pills,
all while keeping up with a caffeine, etc.
heavy course load is a lot to •   Frequent injury2
manage. As a growing and •   Avoiding certain
developing young adult, it’s macronutrients(fat/carbs)2
Symptoms and Medical How to Alleviate Recognizing and seeking help
Implications: Disordered Eating: can be difficult but with the
right resources, motivation, and
•   Amenorrhea5 •   Education athlete, coach, support, freedom can soon be
o   “the loss or and professionals working yours.
irregularity of alongside about proper
menstrual cycle” nutrition and dietary
•   Female Athlete Triad1,3,5,6 needs1
o   “a condition that •   Asking for support from
consists of disordered family members, teachers,
eating, menstrual
peers, and siblings2
dysfunction, and
signs of osteoporosis” •   Have conversations
•   Dispel body fat myths and https://www.noene.com/en/blog/running-beginners-your-first-10k-race-in-less-
than-60-minutes/

unrealistic body images References:

•   Find ways to cope with 1. Adams VJ, Goldufsky TM, Schlaff RA. Perceptions of
body weight and nutritional practices among male
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health/
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•   Anemia4 wellness activities5 Disorders. 11(3):209-220.
4. Resources for Athletic Directors, Coaches, & Trainers.
o   “a condition in For Athletes & Coaches | UCSD Eating Disorders
Center.
which blood doesn’t http://eatingdisorders.ucsd.edu/resources/athletics-
have enough red resources.html. Accessed November 29, 2017.
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