Chapter 15: Eating and Exercise Disorders Case 2 – Kate, the Marathon Runner Kate is an…
Chapter 15: Eating and Exercise Disorders
Case 2 – Kate, the Marathon Runner
Kate is an experienced 22-year-old marathon runner who trained intensively to qualify for the Boston Marathon and successfully set a new personal record at a qualifying marathon 1 month ago. She will run the Boston Marathon in 3 months. Over the course of her training, Kate inadvertently lost about 15 pounds. She says she thinks it is because she religiously committed to a physical fitness program and after workouts never felt that hungry. She says that she would get home from a long day of work, which was followed by a training run, and at least two or three times per week, go right to bed with a small post-exercise snack but without dinner. She comes to you today as her coach and confides in you that her weight loss and feeling of guilt when she misses a workout is starting to concern her and she would like to get some help.
- List at least four reasons that you are concerned about Kate’s story.
- List at least four facts from Kate’s story that are reassuring.
- What disordered eating and/or exercise patterns are possibilities for Kate, based on this scenario?
- Based on the information presented, does Kate meet criteria for the diagnosis of any eating or exercise disorders?
- What further information would you like to know?
- What is your next step in helping Kate?