This study is looking at how and why athletes develop disordered eating and developing new tools for early screening and resources to help reduce its onset.
The incidence of disordered eating among athletes is much higher than in the general population. Around 20% of female athletes and 8% of male athletes present with clinically significant eating problems, compared to just 2% of the general population.
There are many possible causes for this including requirements to wear revealing sports attire, the perceived value of weight for performance and the attitude and behaviours of coaches.
This research will investigate the importance of these and other causes and will seek to provide some tools and resources to reduce the impact of the problem.