Body image, weight management and disordered eating in sport

Last updated: 10 Sep 2021 Topics: Athlete wellbeing Elite athletes

In this five part mini series, we talk with Dr Carolyn Plateau, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Loughborough University and former 800 metre international athlete about disordered eating and eating disorders in sport.

We discuss the importance of creating a positive culture around food, nutrition, weight and shape for young athletes. It is everybody’s responsibility to create a safer sporting environment where athletes voices are heard.

We will be releasing one part of the mini series throughout week from the 6 - 10 September 2021.

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Part 5 - Creating positive cultures in sport around food, weight and shape 

In this podcast,  we look at how sport and activity providers can create a culture of healthy eating practices and ensure young people feel supported and comfortable speaking to someone if they are concerned about anything.

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Part 4 – Weight-making sports and activities

In this podcast, we discuss some of the challenges high-performance athletes face in weight-making sports. We discuss who is responsible for supporting athletes and ensuring that athlete wellbeing is prioritised.

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Part 3 - Weight monitoring in sports settings

In this podcast, we look at the impact and relative importance of weight monitoring in sport, why people might monitor weight, and when it may and may not be appropriate.

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Part 2 - Transitions (understanding adolescent development)

In this podcast, we explore when eating disorders and disorders eating can occur, risky periods and possible triggers for athletes, and how sports can support athletes during these transitions.

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Part 1 - Exploring terminology

In this podcast, we discuss terminology and consider relative energy deficiency in sport, sometimes referred to as RED-S. We explore how not having enough energy will have negative consequences for athletes and how this can be linked to disordered eating and eating disorders.

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Featuring

  • Carole Billington-Wood – CPSU Senior Consultant
  • Dr Carolyn Plateau - Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Loughborough University

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