Do you own a gym, or work as a fitness instructor or personal trainer?
Have you ever suspected that someone in your gym has an unhealthy relationship with exercise?
What should you do if you suspect a gym member has an eating disorder?
Eating disorders affect people of all ages, genders, and body sizes. A person can still be at risk from the malnutrition associated with an eating disorder if they are not underweight. Eating disorders kill, and if there is someone in your gym that you are worried about, you should take action.
This three hour workshop is designed to give gym owners, gym staff, personal trainers, and group fitness instructors information that will help them detect the signs that a person is suffering from an eating disorder. You will learn:
- Why you should be on the lookout for eating disorders in your fitness operation
- Signs and symptoms of an eating disorder
- Long-term consequences of malnutrition
- Common misconceptions about eating disorders
- How to recognize excessive exercise and why it is a problem
- What the metabolism-lowering affects of malnutrition mean for people and how working out can compromise them further
- Common “health” messages that can lead to development of eating disorders
- What support for an eating disorder entails, and why it is important that full nutritional rehabilitation is met
- How to refer someone to a professional, and support them in the process
Training length: 3 hours
Available in-person or via videocall
Cost: $200 plus travel fees
For questions on scheduling or about the workshop, please contact me.
Having recovered fully from anorexia, I am passionate about raising awareness and understanding about eating disorders. Many people with anorexia and other eating disorders suffer from exercise compulsions; I was banned from three separate gyms over the course of my own illness for excessive overuse. One thing that stood out to me every time, is that the gym manager had no idea how to deal with my behaviour, or how to help me. I now work as a full time eating disorder recovery coach. I have written two books on eating disorders, and have presented at some of the largest international eating disorder conferences. My mission with this workshop is to give fitness professionals the tools that they need in order to competently and professionally deal with eating disorders in their workplace.