Just as an athlete has physical training, they also have mental training. However, what happens when these two areas intertwine?
Athletes often live in a world where their bodies and their performance are under a microscope. To reach a high level of success, athletes have to be very driven, and often the line between “high achieving” and “perfection” becomes blurred.
Athletes often experience a great deal of reinforcement for behaviors that can fuel eating disorders. For example, perfectionism can be seen as being a “hard worker.” Excessive training can be viewed as being “dedicated.” And “clean” eating can be seen as “being serious about your sport.” Many athletes with eating disorders feel increasingly detached from other areas of their lives, including their friends and hobbies. As the eating disorder becomes more severe, their performance can be impacted, creating more pressure to “do better.” This can increase the symptoms as they try to control their performance, and control their lives.
Whether you’re struggling with anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder and emotional eating, you need to know that you’re not alone. Many athletes in our community are experiencing similar challenges and feelings. You deserve to not have to do this on your own.
It’s important that athletes receive specialized care and focus on their emotional and nutritional needs. A vital part of recovery is helping the athlete attach to their lives again, and attach to the joy, and meaning in their sport, without the eating disorder.
Each athlete has unique issues that they are facing. I offer specialized treatment designed to help athletes in the Kansas City area with eating disorders heal physically and emotionally. My approach is designed to help you recover as you deal with the day-to-day stresses of sports, school, work and life.
I encourage you to check out the resources on my website. If you feel that I could be the right partner for your journey, you can contact me to learn more about getting started. It would be my honor to join you on your journey to victory.