Weight Class Athletes
If you answer yes to any of the questions below, you or a loved one may show signs of a sports related eating disorder or disordered eating:
Eating too little, exercising too much
Compulsive daily exercise
Irregular or lack of menstrual cycle in females
Distorted body image including increased focus on weight, shape, and size
Injuries (stress fractures)
Depression or anxiety
If you experience any of the above signs and symptoms contact us today to discuss your personal situation and goals.
Many of the traits that are instrumental in an athlete being successful in their sport can also contribute to the development of an eating disorder or disordered eating. Studies show that athletes are two to three times more likely to have an eating disorder than non-athletes.
Aesthetic Sports: Dancers, Gymnasts, Cheerleaders, Swimmers, Figure Skaters, and Divers
Endurance Sports: Cross Country Runners, Cycling, Triathlon
Weight Class Athletes: Jockeys, Wrestlers, Boxers, and Martial Arts
Performing Artists: Actors, Singers, Musicians
Other: Equestrians, Tennis, Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball, Golf, Etc.
Eating disorders can not only make an athlete less competitive, but it puts the athlete at an increased risk for injury, permanent damage to their bodies, and could be life-threatening. Growing up as a competitive athlete, Mary-Lauren Shelton, RDN, LD, CEDRD has extensive personal and professional experience working with athletes to fuel their bodies for peak performance. Mary-Lauren works with aesthetic sports athletes, endurance athletes, performing artists, and others.
"A balanced diet can make an average athlete great, but a poor diet can
make a great athlete average." - Mary-Lauren Shelton, RDN, LD, CEDRD