Recent research suggests that athletes have two body images—one in sport and one outside of sport. Thus, they are at risk in either or both contexts.
Although considerable weight and body image pressure stems from coaches, recent research suggests that weight and body image pressures from teammates may be greater. Research with male athletes suggests that these pressures are not solely affecting female athletes.
Genie Bouchard has come forward saying she has struggled with an eating disorder and one athlete who has also been very candid about her struggles with depression is Elizabeth Manley – she shares her story here.