NEWS

BSDA IS PARTNER IN SCAED PROJECT
04.04.2022
Eating Disorders have suffered a significant increase around the world over the past decades with statistical data provided by ANAD (USA National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders), suggesting that 9% of the population worldwide suffers some kind of ED. In the sport sector, prevalence of these issues is exceptionally worrying, as athletes are more prone to fixation for perfect physical appearance and performance. Even though professional athletes count with the help of nutritionist and psychologist to guide them in their journey, amateurs sport coaches do not have the necessary training and knowledge to identify risky behaviours and act upon them.

SCAED's team noticed the lack of resources in the sport sector to provide the population with preventive and reactive tools that can help mitigate the spread of EDs around Europe. For instance, there is not a transnational entity in charge of raising awareness and promoting the exchange of best practices among institutions. The Sport Community Against Eating Disorders project, also known as SCAED, will try to get inserted in this niche by, first, identifying the characteristics of EDs among amateur European athletes and, second, creating high quality materials (Manual and Map of European Entities) that can be used by sport-related institutions (sport clubs, associations of families, coach-training institutions, etc.) in the fight against EDs. The research will be turned into a report that will serve as the base of future studies and projects, while the manual will be put into practice through introductory workshops that should, in the long run, help athletes coaches and families in this matter. As a result of the close collaboration of partners and the involvement of other stakeholders in an International Multiplier Event, a European Sport Front against EDs will be created, fostering future initiatives and activities.

SCAED initiative is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.