Amenorrhea is the term used to describe the absence of a period. It's a natural occurrence in pregnancy. Otherwise, a sudden change or stop in your period means that your body is asking you for help because it's not coping. When your menses don't commence by the age of 16, it is termed… Continue reading Functional Hypothalamic Amenorrhoea (FHA) – Information and Treatment for Dancers
As we enter the weekend of the National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, let us share with you why this topic is vital for dancers. Dancers are amazing human beings. You are perfectionistic with such eagerness to please others. You are selfless in the name of dance. You are so dedicated, hardworking, and often quite… Continue reading Come As You Are – Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2019
Weight loss dieting is harmful for dancers and should never be recommended. Dancers with more disordered eating (dieting) behaviours have greater incident of injuries. When the majority of dancers are only getting approx. 20-30% of their energy and nutrition needs, this isn't surprising and it is very concerning. If we - that's… Continue reading Dance Nutrition 101 – Weight loss dieting is harmful for dancers
Being aware of eating disorders can make a big difference to you as a dancer, but unfortunately the conversation is hardly ever held in schools or even between teachers and students. Dancers today are provided with loads of resources about ankle sprains, knee and hip injuries, and prehab workouts to prevent injuries from happening… Continue reading We Can Stop Eating Disorders Before They Start. And We Should.
Last Saturday was World Eating Disorders Action Day. And I had a flashback to a moment several years ago where a doctor said, abruptly, "all ballet dancers have eating disorders. They have it so they can keep themselves thin". Uh NO. HELL NO. Let me do some myth-busting for you.… Continue reading The link between Dancers and Eating Disorders