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SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

BEHAVIOUR SIGNS

ANOREXIA NERVOSA

Stay away from food, pretend you’re not hungry when you are

• Become socially isolated

• Think you are fat when everyone is saying you are underweight

• Feel weak/have less strength

• Weigh and measure food, check calories, keep a food diary

• Find it hard to concentrate, be in a bad mood

• Check your weight over and over

• Hide food and pretend you’ve eaten it

• Do a lot of exercise and get upset if something stops you from exercising

BULIMIA NERVOSA

• Eat a lot of food (binge)

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It’s a strange thing, our relationship with food. We tuck into our favourite snacks and meals to reward ourselves, cheer ourselves up and celebrate special occasions. Mealtimes can be something to look forward to after a tough day or training session, an opportunity to share quality time with loved ones. For me, food is associated with homeliness and family, but also with health and wellbeing. Fuelling my body nutritiously gives me enormous satisfaction – it gives me a feeling of control, knowing I’m supporting my health and my running. But because of such emotional associations, our relationship with food can become very complex. And, in some cases, even detrimental to health. Over the coming pages, we look at a number of topics surrounding nutrition. From the highly emotive issue of eating disorders (page 30), to the growing trend of going meat-free (page 62), we give you the facts to help you make sense of how your diet impacts your training and heath – mental and physical. If you are moving to a vegetarian or vegan diet, you’ll find heaps of expert advice on everything from getting the right protein intake to vitamin and mineral deficiencies – and even a seven-day, meat-free meal planner (page 69). Of course, there’s lots of non-food content, too, including one feature guaranteed to get you out the door, even for just 15 minutes (page 44).