Participating in sport can be a healthy strategy to improve physical and mental health, social connectedness, and general fun and enjoyment. For some people however, their dedication to sport and exercise can become a major focus in their life to the exclusion of other areas which may increase their risk of developing an eating disorder.
Where people feel under pressure to maintain a certain body composition and physique, for example elite sports professionals or people significantly focused on changing their body weight or size, disordered eating and eating disorders are prevalent.
Anyone can be affected by an eating disorder. Eating Disorders Victoria connects Victorians who are affected by eating disorders with the people, services and hope they need for recovery. Head to www.eatingdisorders.org.au for more information.