Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses affecting people of all ages, genders, ethnicities and backgrounds. 

There are many types of eating disorder.

For more information, including more definitions and explanations, check out the website for Beat, a well-established charity that is based in the United Kingdom.

Despite their serious and negative effect, eating disorders are relatively common in endurance sport. Eating disorders and disordered eating can lead to many other negative mental and physical health outcomes for athletes in short, medium and long-term. If you or someone you know may be at risk, please seek help immediately.

You can contact in confidence at any time.