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Detecting disordered eating among recreational exercisers; exploring the role of personal trainers

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posted on 05.09.2018, 15:04 by Hilary McDermottHilary McDermott, Carolyn PlateauCarolyn Plateau, Leigh R. Martin
This study aimed to understand how personal trainers identify and manage disordered eating among their clients. Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with eleven UK based personal trainers to document their experiences of working with clients exhibiting symptoms of disordered eating. The interviews were recorded, fully transcribed and subjected to a thematic analysis. The findings suggest that personal trainers rely on external cues to identify disordered eating among clients such as changes to physical appearance, exercise behaviours and performance. The findings also revealed that personal trainers lack knowledge and hold misconceptions about disordered eating. Such misconceptions influenced their ability to identify and manage potential problems among their clients. Participants described the need for further education and guidelines to increase their knowledge and confidence in identifying and managing disordered eating among their clients. The findings from this study will be useful for professional bodies and practitioners in the development of guidelines and educational material for personal trainers.

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  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

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Psychology

Citation

MCDERMOTT, H., PLATEAU, C.R. and MARTIN, L.R., 2018. Detecting disordered eating among recreational exercisers; exploring the role of personal trainers. Psychology, 9 (14), pp.2824-2836.

Publisher

Scientific Research Publishing © by authors and Scientific Research Publishing Inc

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VoR (Version of Record)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/ by/4.0/

Acceptance date

21/08/2018

Publication date

2018-12-01

Notes

This is an Open Access Article. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

ISSN

2152-7180

eISSN

2152-7199

Language

en