Eating disorders are complex mental illnesses which can affect anyone; both men and women, of all ages. Eating disorders involve unhealthy eating habits which can take over your life – you may find yourself eating too little or too much. In the horseracing industry there is an emphasis on maintaining a low weight, particularly for jockeys and work riders, which can bring added pressures around bodyweight and shape. Above all else however it is important to try to look after your health.
If you work in racing and you need help for an eating disorder, do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to help you in a safe and secure environment and treatment is available; it is possible to recover.
Below are the four most common types of eating disorders:
There are numerous symptoms associated with eating disorders, those to look out for include:
If you, or anyone you know, is affected by an eating disorder do not hesitate to contact us. You can contact us in the following ways and all support is free and fully confidential.
Racing Welfare’s 24 hour support line enables people to access support and
guidance through digital and telephone options.
You may also find the following information helpful:
We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to offer compassionate advice and support. Our non-judgemental advisors are here listen to you and can assist with arranging help from a specialist.