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To everyone who is actively engaged in this community, whether it is on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or by just extending the reach of this podcast show by sharing it with those you love in your life and your community.
February 22nd – 28th, 2015
…that my passion had become a problem
…that eating disorders don’t discriminate
…that eating disorders aren’t just a phase
…that the ‘perfect’ images I see every day are digital illusions
…that bullying can trigger disordered eating
…that my quest for health was making me sick
…that eating disorders are often overlooked or misdiagnosed
To be honest, most people could have said “I had no idea” to me about having an eating disorder. That’s the thing – most people who battle an eating disorder are masters at putting up a façade, which is why most people who are battling are battling on their own.
Eating disorders – such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder – are serious, potentially life-threatening conditions that affect both a person’s emotional and physical health. In the United States alone, 30 million people will be impacted by an eating disorder at some point in their lifetime. Eating disorders can include extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors surrounding weight and food issues. These conditions affect all kinds of people and don’t discriminate by race, age, sex, age or size.
Body image problems, disordered eating and full-blown eating disorders are common among athletes. Though most athletes with eating disorders are female, male athletes are also at risk—especially those competing in sports such as wrestling, bodybuilding, gymnastics, and running, which tend to place an emphasis on the athlete’s diet, appearance, size, and weight requirements.
In a study of Division 1 NCAA athletes, over one-third of female athletes reported attitudes and symptoms placing them at risk for anorexia nervosa (Johnson, Powers, et al, 1999). In weight-class and aesthetic sports about 33% of males and up to 62% of females are affected by an eating disorder (Thompson, PhD. 2010). The good news is that with information and awareness, coaches, parents and teammates can all play an important role in confronting eating disorders and ensuring that athletics are a positive experience for everyone.
All too often, the drive for thinness begins early in a person’s life. For example, 46% of 9-11 year-olds are “sometimes” or “very often” on diets (Gustafson-Larson & Terry, 1992) and 35-57% of adolescent girls engage in crash dieting, fasting, self-induced vomiting, diet pills, or laxatives (Boutelle, Neumark-Sztainer, et al. 2002; Neumark-Sztainer & Hannan, 2001; Wertheim et al., 2009).
Also known as compulsive eating disorder, binge eating can be expressed differently, but is centered around a lack of ability to control food intake. It is nearly impossible to physically identify if someone struggles with binge eating as binge eaters represent all types of bodies: those who are overweight, those who are underweight, and those in between.
My binge-eating story:
If you or someone you care about might be suffering from an eating disorder, it is important to educate yourself and seek professional guidance as soon as possible because early intervention is key to successful recovery.
Helpline: (800) 931-2237
Other ways to help:
Another resource for those of you who want to read about someone’s inside experience in a recovery program, from Be More Community member Carissa: https://abandonperfection.wordpress.com/2015/02/10/recovery-2015-crazy-girl-camp-part-deux/
Thank you Trish! I just graduated from the program today and I really enjoyed it.
I just really want to say “thank you: for your podcast and the work that you do. I stumbled upon your podcast about a month ago while searching for something inspiring to listen to while I work out. At that time I felt stuck and a little down, but lately I have been able to turn my thinking around, much due to hearing your message over and over again. I listen to your podcasts whenever I have free time during the day and also during my workouts. I love the casual style you deliver your messages and also your optimism that comes through so clearly in your voice. Its so encouraging. I also love that you share personal stories, because while my challenges are very different from yours on the surface, they still have the same root cause of insecurity and fear. I’m so very grateful that the internet has made it possible for people like you to put your message and products out there. Its hard to imagine that just a few years ago all publishing, radio shows etc were controlled by an elite few. Now there are no gatekeepers to hold us back, and the world is so much more beautiful for it. That makes me happy and grateful. Keep up the amazing work Trish, and thank you for all you do!
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