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Are you concerned about an athlete’s food or body image?

Feb 11, 2021

Athletes statistically have a greater chance of developing an eating disorder than the non-athlete population. If you are concerned that an athlete you coach may be showing signs of an eating disorder, no matter how small, use the information below to help you move forward.



  • Take warning signs seriously. Early detection reduces the risks. Trust your gut and seek help for how best to proceed with your athlete.
  • Seek advice on how to prepare yourself to have a conversation with your athlete. Approaches such as finding a good private moment, having resources in hand, being ready to state your concerns in specific ways, and being able to listen well are all important.
  • Connect your athlete with a local practitioner, school counselor, or other health professional.

The National Eating Disorders Association is a good starting point for coaches looking for additional help talking to athletes or their families.

Online: https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/learn/help/coaches-trainers

The National Alliance for Eating Disorder helpline can be reached at 866-662-1235 in the US. The helpline is run by clinicians and offers emotional support for individuals and their families, as well as referrals for all levels of eating disorders.

EDreferral.com offers a search feature for locating treatment providers around the U.S.


Heatherton, T. F., Mahamedi, F., Striepe, M., Field, A. E., & Keel, P. (1997). A 10-year longitudinal study of body weight, dieting, and eating disorder symptoms. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 106(1), 117.

Johnson, C., Powers, P. S., & Dick, R. (1999). Athletes and eating disorders: the National Collegiate Athletic Association study. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 26(2), 179-188.

Thompson, R. A., & Sherman, R. T. (2011). Eating disorders in sport. New York, NY: Routledge.

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With ten years of experience in nonprofit and foundation administration, Lindsay is a creative project manager working to strengthen all our operations. She loves being a part of a team deeply dedicated to discovering innovative and effective strategies to end eating disorders and is excited to invite others into this important work. Efficient and collaborative, she executes activity across all operations, including fundraising, events, communications, and programming. Lindsay has a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Northwestern, St. Paul, and a fundraising certificate from the University of St. Thomas. She and her family live in Richfield, MN.

As Executive Director, Lisa leads WithAll’s strategic growth as a sustainable social enterprise dedicated to the prevention of and healing from eating disorders.

Lisa has more than 20 years of experience in public affairs, community relations, and law, and nearly 15 years of experience in non-profit leadership, most recently at Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media. She is a graduate of Mitchell Hamline School of Law, a member of the Minnesota Bar, and a Minnesota Supreme Court appointee to Minnesota’s Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board. She volunteers with her daughter’s school and with youth sports.

Lisa does this work because she knows eating disorders are not a choice; they are deadly, and they are everywhere. She also knows kids are not born with harmful thoughts and actions around food or their body—and it’s our job as adults to keep it this way so they can focus their precious brains and time on things that matter.

Lisa finds laughter, all children, and the numerous variations of sparkling water to be delightful.