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Disordered Eating in High Performance Sport

Disordered eating can occur in any athlete, in any sport, at any time.

Disordered eating in high performance sport position statement


The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC) position statement on disordered eating in high performance sport.

Kimberley Wells, Nikki Jeacocke, Renee Appaneal, Hilary Smith, Nicole Vlahovich, Louise Burke, David Hughes.

The AIS partnered with the NEDC and produced a position statement to assist sporting organisations to address this serious, but often misunderstood area. The guidelines are for athletes, coaches, support staff, clinicians and sporting organisations.

The position statement is a call to action to all involved in sport to be aware of poor self-image and poor body image among athletes. The guidelines support the prevention and recognition of disordered eating and promote early intervention to optimise nutrition for performance in a safe, supported, purposeful and individualised manner.

High performance toolkit

To complement the position statement, there are also a range of resources that have been created to support coaches, support staff, clinicians and sporting organisations improve the early identification and prevention of disordered eating in high performance athletes.

What sporting organisations can do


For more information, or for support using these resources, please contact

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