Spotting the signs of an eating disorder (and what to do about it)

Here’s a scenario that could well be happening in your gym, right now.

Sarah, a PT client, keen to lose weight and get fitter has made a solid start but is now over-exercising, and in your professional opinion, losing too much weight too quickly.

As Sarah’s PT, what do you do next? Say nothing, we shouldn’t pry? Try and talk to her about it but when she becomes defensive, step back as we don’t want to upset clients? Know that you need to discuss it with her but don’t know how?

Talking to Sarah is crucial. If left untreated, eating disorders and excessive exercising can be dangerous and even fatal. In fact, eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all mental health disorders, including risks to the heart and of suicide.

CPD e-course : ‘Understanding Eating Disorders for Fitness Professionals’

To support fitness professionals, Anorexia & Bulimia Care (ABC) has created a tailored CPD course covering:

  • Facts about eating disorders in the UK
  • Signs and symptoms fitness professionals should look out for
  • How to approach a client
  • Your duty of care
  • Adapting a client’s training programme
  • Insights into psychological aspects of eating disorders
  • Sources of expert support

Find out more
45-60 minutes / £39 per user licence

Working in partnership
As part of ABC’s strategic approach to eating disorders, the charity is now seeking corporate partnerships across the fitness and leisure industry. To find out more email: or call 0117 973 0604.