Recently I listened to a report on the radio about eating disorders and sport. I am quite shocked as eating disorders appear to be a huge problem in sport, especially at the elite sports level with one in three athletes suffering with an eating disorder. There are many reasons, including the uniforms which are skin tight lycra and the athletes are concerned about every bump and skin fold showing! The eating disorders are across the spectrum and they are trying to combat it as it is getting out of control. Sport has always been promoted as healthy and it surprised and saddened me greatly to hear this report. The best we can do as parents is to promote good health with eating good food and getting plenty of exercise and having a fun time with individual and team sports.
Posted anonymously, 25th October 2015