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Eating Disorders: Applying the Supportive Approach

People in sport are twice as likely to have an eating disorder as any other group of people. A research study shows that coaches that are supportive can make a significant difference

Coaches can play a leading role in addressing and alleviating issues relating to eating disorders, but how they approach the issue has a significant impact.

A team of researchers found that some coaches were unwilling to engage with the problem at all, while those that did engage favoured either a supportive or a confrontational approach.

Unlike the confrontational and avoidance approaches, the supportive approach was found by the researchers to have a positive impact.

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