Stressed By Pressures to Compete in Athletics

Situation Summary

A male college athlete who calls “Ask an Expert” is concerned, because he has started purging before each game. He recently read an article about purging and wonders what impact his might have on his health and his ability to compete. He also wants to know if he needs treatment and, if so, what treatments are most effective.

Questions in Need of Answers

How common are purging behaviors in athletes?

What are the long term effects if I were to continue with these behaviors?

Is this something that will pass, or something I need to get professional help with?

Are there any resources you can direct me to so I can get more information?