Former England cricketer Freddie Flintoff’s recent BBC documentary ‘Living with Bulimia’ sparked conversations regarding eating disorders, particularly amongst elite level athletes. But how commonplace are such health challenges?
The issue of eating disorders is often difficult to discuss and even more so to spot. In this week’s ‘Experts in Sport’ podcast, host Martin Foster (Applied Sport Management Lead) is joined by Dr Carolyn Plateau, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, and George Mycock, CEO and founder of mental health organisation, MyoMinds.
During the podcast, Dr Plateau explains that eating disorders may well be more common in athletes than initially thought and touches on the role that coaches and parents can play in spotting the early signs of negative eating issues.
Dr Plateau also distinguishes disordered eating habits and identifies the behaviours associated, and how these can be spotted in athletes: “Most people will probably have heard of eating disorders - things like anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. These are clinical eating disorders and they're characterised by severe disturbances to attitudes towards food and eating behaviour.