Eating Disorders in Athletes: What Coaches, Parents and Athletes Need to Know

Next Level Podcast with Host Tavis Piattoly, MS, RD, LD

Allison Mankowski- Podcast

Allison Mankowski, MPH, RD
Currently works as the Sports Dietitian and head of the Eating Disorder Management Team for Eastern Michigan University Athletics and as the consultant dietitian for the Detroit Lions.

Eating Disorders in Athletes are on the rise. Allison breaks it down so others can understand this complicated disorder. Allison is a life-long athlete and sports enthusiast. She was an all-state track and field athlete and competitive cheerleader prior to attending the University of Michigan, where she was a four-year member and senior captain of the cheerleading team. Her experience in and love of athletics led her to pursue her bachelors degree in Movement Science from the School of Kinesiology and then to continue on to get her master’s degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health, with the goal of helping other athletes through sports nutrition. She has continued her involvement in athletics by training and competing as a CrossFit athlete and has also run two half marathons, numerous 5K and 10K’s, a triathlon and multiple adventure races.

Allison brings important experience to the topic of eating disorders in athletes, not just as a former athlete and current professional in the field of sports nutrition, but also as a successful cheerleading coach at the high school level for the past 10 years. This gives her the personal perspective of being on the front line, coaching and working with young athletes every day. She has spoken at numerous coaching conferences on the unique aspects of Eating Disorders in Athletes, helping coaches, administrators and trainers to understand their role in promoting healthy athletes and helping those athletes who may be struggling with this issue.

Allison currently works as the sports dietitian and head of the Eating Disorder Management Team for Eastern Michigan University Athletics and as the consultant dietitian for the Detroit Lions. In addition to this, she works for Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools through the University of Michigan Health system, counseling middle school and high school students on healthy eating and physical activity behaviors. She also meets regularly with many local high school and youth sports teams to share her expertise in sports nutrition. When she is not working or training, Allison enjoys being with her husband and son, hiking, attending sporting events and spending time on the lake sailing or wakeboarding.

In this podcast you will learn:

1. Allison's interest in working with athletes that have an eating disorders.
2. The different types of eating disorders that are common among athletes.
3. Explanation of the types of eating disorders.
4. The side effects from an eating disorder and how could it impact athletic performance and health.
5. The causes of an eating disorder?
6. Whether coaches and parents play a role in causing a young athlete to develop an eating disorder.
7. What types of sports are most commonly associated with eating disorders?
8. Are all athletes with eating disorders underweight or do we see overweight athletes with eating disorders?
9. Treatment strategies used for athletes with eating disorders?
10. The length of time it takes to fully recover from an eating disorder?
11. What can be done to prevent an eating disorder?
12 Tips to give parents who are obsessed about their son, daughter, or athlete’s weight?
13. Strategies for coaches, parents, or medical professionals to recognize an eating disorder.
14. Her new book titled “Eating Disorders and Athletes – How to Recognize, Intervene, and Prevent".

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