Eating Disorders Amongst Athletes

A well-nourished body and rest are needed to develop the strength and endurance needed to perform at an optimum level. With eating disorders affecting about one in 20 Australians, studies show that female athletes are twice as likely to develop anorexia. Coaches and managers need to have an understanding of these issues in order to identify when an athlete's 'dedication' to sport may have crossed the line to unhealthy behaviours that will ultimately affect their physical, mental, social health and performance. 

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Eleni Psillakis
Ways to Help Prevent Eating Disorders

Prevention is better than cure - that is what we often hear for many chronic physical illnesses. However, there are also some things that we can do to help prevent the risk of eating disorders by promoting self-worth. The language that we use is important as is our own attitudes to food.

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Eleni Psillakis
Letter to my 15 year old self

Looking back on your life and wishing you could tell 15 year old you what you know now. Years ripped off because of 'stinking thinking' about yourself and hard lessons.. One of the hardest letters I have had to write. The other was to a judge. 

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Eleni Psillakis
Eating Disorders Not Always a 'body image' Issue

Eating Disorders are often described as body image issues. I understand that in this image-saturated world, that many people do have body dissatisfaction, but I believe for many people that the unhealthy behaviours associated with many eating disorders are maladaptive coping methods for underlying emotional issues. Research also reports that many young people with eating disorders do not report body dissatisfaction. 

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Eleni Psillakis
Exercise and Eating Disorders

The benefits of physical activity for mental health are well researched. But at what point does exercise become excessive, to the point when high levels of anxiety are experienced when planned exercise is delayed? When is exercise contraindicated for particular eating disorders and associated compensatory behaviours? 

 

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Eleni Psillakis
Flexible Dieting and Eating Disorders

Years of yo-yo dieting, or restricting calories or certain food groups, followed by binging and excessive exercise has left many bodies and minds in total confusion. Many people restrict calories and/or food groups and exercise excessively yet continue to put on unhealthy weight. Flexible dieting may help if part of a holistic treatment program for disordered eating and eating disorders. 

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Eleni Psillakis
Shame, Self-worth and Promiscuity

Shame has a lot to answer for! It holds us back from back from loving who we are, creates barriers that keep us bound to certain ways of thinking and behaving in an attempt to feel better about ourselves. Grace is the answer to shame. The grace to forgive yourself is the key that unlocks many shame based behaviours that keep us bound.

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Eleni Psillakis