Participation in sports is often glamorized and thought of as being associated with plenty of benefits for student-athletes, but that is not always the case.It can be true that both during college and after graduation, excelling at athletics may contribute to everything from self-confidence to fostering team-building and communication skills. College athletes also tend to report higher rates of physical, social, and community well-being than students who are non-athletes. (1) However, stressors associated with the competitive environment, such as the pressure to perform or maintain a certain body weight, can increase the risk of developing eating disorders, maladaptive eating habits, and other harmful consequences.
Intermittent fasting is a relatively popular diet regimen involving periods of fasting and eating. Some people fast for a certain window each day while others may fast for several days at a time. Although many people who follow this eating approach tout benefits such as weight loss, fat loss, and lower cholesterol, others are skeptical and are concerned that it may mimic disordered eating symptoms or lead to an eating disorder.
Someone who is struggling with binge eating disorder experiences recurring episodes in which they eat large amounts of food in a short period of time. These binge eating episodes often result in shame, disgust, guilt, and depression. While binge eating disorder can occur in people of any body shape or size, it frequently occurs in people who live in a higher body weight.