Looking at disordered eating in sport in this important Olympic year by Commercial Director Marco Martinez
August 06, 2012 at 9:19 AM
I’ve got to admit, when the Business Development team were planning potential activities for the forthcoming year, I was worried about running a conference directly after a summer of sport which included Euro 2012 football, Wimbledon (with a Murray final – poor Andy!), Tour de France with Bradley Wiggins making history, and of course the Olympics.
But we’re very luck at Beat to have Dr Alan Currie as one of our trustees. Alan – no mean athlete himself and an adviser to UK Athletics - gave a great presentation on the problems of eating disorders in sport at EDIC 2012, our international eating disorders conference back in March, where he also widened the debate to include ‘disordered eating’ and problems with food in more general terms.
We also have a very close working relationship with LUCRED (Loughborough University Centre for Research into Eating Disorders). Conversations with both of them led us to believe that we should really pick up on the momentum generated by the Olympics and run the UK’s first conference on Disordered Eating in Sport and Fitness, held in association with LUCRED at Loughborough University on 27 September.
Problems with food and eating can cause real problems for both elite athletes and anyone who is looking to maximise their performance. We’re very lucky to have Olympic triathlete Hollie Avil coming along to share her own experiences and challenges of overcoming an eating disorder with us as part of a really important programme that will open up the debate in this complex area of sport and fitness.
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