Eating disorders in sport: Justine J. Reel and Nick Galli
Christy Henrich, an Olympic gymnast hopeful, died from an eating disorder in 1992
after being told by a judge to lose weight to gain a competitive edge (Ryan, 1995).
Eating disorders yield the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder among
female adolescents (Casiero & Frishman, 2006). Individuals with eating disorders are
suffering from physical and mental health consequences, and eating disorders have
been declared a public health threat (Reel et al., 2011). Eating disorders are no longer
viewed merely as a glorified diet or a means to secure a higher score, faster time, or a
more aesthetically pleasing physique. This chapter will explore types of eating disor-
ders, athletes who experience more risk of developing eating disorders, and how a
strength and conditioning coach can help prevent eating disorders.