NUFS 380 – Eating Disorders: how do we get there, treat and
How Do We Get There?
It is a complicated path to get to these complications. Some that stand
out are the biological factors because there are genetic predispositions. The
psychological factors can include stress from family situations or
perfectionism. Puberty can be a trigger because of the major changes that
come about. Especially, for sports where a developed body is not the ideal
there can be fear of maturing. There can be social influences and media
pressure that feeds into the development of unhealthy behaviors.
In athletes, we aren’t sure what piece plays into the increased risk
however the numbers suggest there is an increase.
What is the Treatment?
This is not as simple as the individual needs to take in more calories. It
is much more complex than that. A multi-professional approach is most
effective. This can include a mental health professional, coach and/or family
plus a dietician. It is also very important that the family or spouse
understand the condi