Level 3 Eating Disorders in
Sport and Exercise

Develop the knowledge and confidence to support and signpost clients with eating disorders

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Female sat on end of bed with head in hands

Level 3 Eating Disorders in Sport and Exercise

Our Level 3 Award in Understanding Eating Disorders course is essential for exercise and nutrition professionals wanting to get a deeper insight into a broad range of common eating disorders present in sport and exercise settings.

  • Course Type:

    Home study

  • Time to Qualify:

    1-2 weeks

  • Entry Requirements:


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Level 3 Eating Disorders in Sport and Exercise

Course Overview

Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses which unfortunately are becoming more prevalent in society today, both here in the UK and around the world. According to research published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the eating disorder charity, Beat, they are thought to affect up to 3.4 million people in the UK. Eating disorders are responsible for more deaths than any other mental health conditions, which is why they should be treated with the utmost priority, urgency, sensitivity and professionalism.

Many of the people suffering from an eating disorder have a significantly distorted image of their bodyweight and shape and will seek to control their weight, or lose even more weight, through a combination of food restriction and excessive exercise. Therefore, exercise professionals working in the active leisure sector are well placed to help support, guide and ultimately, empower those with eating disorders to face up to their reality and seek professional help.

This level 3 online eating disorders course, which combines a series of eLearning sessions and online lecture style presentations, is written and presented by a team of clinical and technical experts. The online lectures are presented by our clinical dietician, Claire, who has extensive first-hand experience of diagnosing and treating patients suffering from disordered eating. Claire is also a qualified exercise professional and is actively involved in the health and fitness sector coaching clients to complete ultra-endurance events like ironman.

This is the only course of this nature in the active leisure sector. If you want to develop a strong understanding of eating disorders that are prevalent in sport and exercise settings, then this course is definitely a must for you.

  • Entry Requirements:

    There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification and even if you are not working in the fitness industry, you’ll also learn a great deal from the course. The programme is however aimed at exercise professionals and this is who will get the most value from it.

  • Accreditations:

    This course is fully accredited by the YMCA Awards, which ensures that the content is factual, thorough and enables you to deal with eating disorders in the sport and exercise industry appropriately with confidence.

  • Learning Materials:

    Delivered through a blend of eLearning, online lecture videos and interactive knowledge checks, our course learning materials are technically rich, vibrant and mobile-friendly to create a deeper understanding and keep you engaged whenever and wherever you choose to study.

We've Got You

Our learner support tutors are friendly and willing to offer a helping hand whether that's with course content or career advice. Upon enrolment you'll have a designated personal support tutor who you can contact via:

  • Phone

  • Email

  • Video Call

  • Webinar

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What You'll Learn

Developing a strong understanding of eating disorders is essential if you want to be able to empathise, support and appropriately refer clients who you feel might be suffering from disordered eating. Some of the content covered includes:

  • Introduction to Eating Disorders

    - Defining eating disorders
    - Classifications of eating disorders
    - Consequences and characteristics
    - History and development of eating disorders

  • Types of Eating Disorders

    - Anorexia & Orthorexia nervosa
    - Bulimia nervosa
    - Binge eating disorder (BED)
    - Pica
    - Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)
    - Diabulimia

  • Incidence, Prevalence and Guidance for Eating Disorders

    - Incidence and prevalence data for the UK
    - Challenges with data accuracy and eating disorders
    - Professional roles, responsibilities and scope of practice
    - GP's guide to eating disorders
    - Support channels for those with eating disorders

  • Recognising the Signs and Symptoms of Eating Disorders

    - Recognising anorexia and orthorexia nervosa
    - Recognising bulimia nervosa
    - Recognising binge eating disorder (BED)
    - Recognising pica
    - Recognising body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)
    - Recognising diabulimia

  • Disordered Eating in Sport

    - Prevention strategies
    - UK sport and ACSM guidance
    - Real-life case studies
    - Detection strategies
    - Screening tools
    - Coach guidelines

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*Images and videos are for illustration purposes and may not depict specific course materials.

Be at the Forefront of Change

Thousands of our graduates work with some of the country's largest gyms and institutions. With the breadth of knowledge and skills to be able to identify, support and direct clients with eating disorders, you'll be equipped to improve the fitness industry and individual lives with this eating disorders in sport and exercise course.

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How You'll be Assessed

The course is assessed formatively throughout with a series of multiple-choice knowledge checks being presented throughout the eLearning modules. Once the eLearning and lecture videos have been completed, you can then take the final multiple-choice online exam.

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  • Informal tone
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Embedded into course


  • Interactive
  • Multiple choice
  • Varied Styles


  • Multiple choice questions
  • Unlimited resits
  • Open book

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