Canadian Running

Myths surroundin­g eating disorders/disordered eating

The following are not true about eating disorders:


• a matter of choice

• the fault of athletes, parents or coaches (the athlete’s support systems may facilitate treatment and are key to the recovery process — though they may also act as barriers to treatment)

• a diet or “phase”

• solely about vanity

• something you grow out of

• exclusive to those living in an

emaciated body

• characteri­zed only by weight

loss or food restrictio­n

• affect only women and high-level athletes

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