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Eat to Impact Performance: Disordered Eating Challenges for Performance. Behavioral and physical consequences of disordered eating in young athletes. Michelle Weinbender R.D., Clinical Dietitian/Food and Nutrition Services Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center – Spokane.
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Behavioral and physical consequences of disordered eating in young athletes
Michelle Weinbender R.D.,Clinical Dietitian/Food and Nutrition ServicesProvidence Sacred Heart
Medical Center – Spokane
Any irregular pattern of eating that includes food restriction or avoidance of certain types of foods or consuming fewer calories than needed for health or sports activity but may also include overeating
Often, disordered eating can result in a diagnosed Eating Disorder, however, irregular eating that does not meet criteria for an Eating Disorder should not be considered less serious
Eating disorders affect males and females of all ages, socioeconomic groups and ethnicities around the world
Athletes in certain sports may be at greater risk
3:1 ratio of girls to boys
Over the past decade, white, middle-to-upper class females ages 13 to 30 have been most affected.
Only 5% of adolescents with disordered eating behaviors go on to develop classic eating disorders
Recovery rates as high as 50% with early detection and treatment
These disordered habits do not necessarily warrant a diagnosis of an eating disorder, but could be concerning:
YOU cannot make your athlete lose weight, gain weight, make healthy choices, eat their veggies, drink water, pick up their socks…
UNLESS THEY WANT TO!!
Research does not support the idea that lower body weight will increase performance
The period reality…
American College of Sports Medicine
low energy availability
150lb football player: 150lb x .6g/lb = 90 grams
From nuts and plants
Omega 3 Fats
Fish, walnuts, flax, supplement
Some saturated- animal fat
Fat gets a bad rap but is essential for good health
Need both unsaturated and saturated fats
**Time meals and snacks no more than 3-4 hours apart**
Low in fat – High in carbs
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Clinical Dietitian/Food and Nutrition ServicesProvidence Sacred Heart Medical Center – Spokane