Sports Medicine Congress

What are some of the consequences for an athlete with an eating disorder?

There are many consequences to eating disorders. An athlete with an eating disorder can have almost every body system affected. The athlete may suffer from cardiac rhythm disturbances that can be life threatening. Due to the altered dietary intake, there can be damage done to the gastrointestinal tract. The hormonal and reproductive systems are also affected. Bone fractures from thin bones, stress fractures and injuries that are slow to heal are also consequences of eating disorders. Some athletes with eating disorders suffer from depression, and suicidal deaths have been reported. Eating disorders are serious medical problems that require medical intervention and collaborative support.