Understanding barriers to athletes’ seeking help for eating disorders

Dr. Siobhan McArdle, School of Health and Human Performance DCU, and colleagues are conducting a study exploring athletes’ willingness to seek help for eating disorders. The study entails completing a short online questionnaire which asks questions designed to try and understand why athletes may be reluctant to seek help for disordered eating behaviour. It is hoped that the findings from this study will be used to inform and improve support services for athletes.

The purpose of the study is not to identify individuals with eating disorders. Rather, it is to gather insight into some of the barriers that might exist to seeking help if an athlete did develop an eating disorder. Responses to the survey are confidential and the identity of participants will not be revealed.

The online survey is available here