Risking Invincibility: The Spectrum of Male Athlete Eating Disorders


Male athletes are vulnerable to disordered eating behavior and eating disorders in spite of their perceived invincibility. Because male athletes have not been included in eating disorder research, we have much to learn from their lived experiences of the disorder and in treatment and recovery. This session will feature a clinical sport psychologist, a sports dietitian, and two male athletes with lived experiences and quite different presentations along the spectrum of eating disorders that affect individuals in competitive sport. David was a collegiate track athlete who experienced a restrictive eating disorder in his relentless pursuit of thinness and Olympic gold. Patrick was a powerhouse collegiate football player who developed bulimia along his journey to an NFL career. This engaging conversation will bring to light the salient risk factors, heterogeneous clinical and behavioral presentations, and the physical and mental health consequences of eating disorders in sport from the perspective of the under-diagnosed and under-treated male athlete condition. The role and scope of practice of the RDN on the multidisciplinary care team will be illustrated alongside recommendations for screening, referral and treatment. Research provides the framework for evidence-informed best practices, and participants will be engaged in a rich discussion with the panelists.

Planned with the Sports and Human Performance Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group

Learning Objectives

Differentiate risk factors and the spectrum of clinical and behavioral presentations of eating disorders and disordered eating in male athletes that inform assessment and intervention

Examine and address barriers to screening, help-seeking, assessment, and treatment, informed by an understanding of the lived experiences of male athletes with eating disorders

Evaluate best practices in the identification and treatment of eating disorders in sport within the scope of practice of the RDN on the multidisciplinary team

Performance Indicators

8.3 Applies the required knowledge and skill for safe and effective sports nutrition and dietetics practice and exercise training

8.2 Applies current knowledge and skill in the management of a variety of diseases and clinical conditions

2.3 Collaborates with inter- and intra-professional team members to achieve common goals and to optimize delivery of services


Patrick Devenny

Account Executive


Hayley Perelman

Clinical & Sport Psychologist

Halyel Perelman, PhD, Private Practice Sole Proprietorship

David Proctor

Founder and CEO

Gold Medal Consulting

Paula Quatromoni

Associate Professor

Boston University


Leslie Bonci


Active Eating Advice by Leslie

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