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Did you know that 95% of people with eating disorders are between the age of 12 and 25?

Looking at young athletes, we see a very specific issue they’re struggling with. On one side, they want to look a certain way in school, just like their friends. On the other side, they need their body to perform after school. They need their body to do extraordinary things. For many of them, this can feel like living a double life.  

Today, your favorite coach is back: Michael Atunrase is joining us on the pod to talk about nutrition and body image for young athletes. He walks us through what we need and need to do for our athlete kids to educate them on nutrition & body image.

If you wanna be different in your end-goal, you have to be different in the things you do to get there.

Michael Atunrase

More about Michael Atunrase

After completing his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, Michael pursued a professional football career. Knowing he wanted to continue pursuing a professional career in human performance training after football ended, he acquired his CSCS (Certified Strength Coach Specialist), NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine), and NASE (National Academy of Speed & Explosion) certifications. 

Over the past decade, Michael Atunrase has trained several top athletes and helped them to reach their full athletic potential. His training model goes further than just workouts. He also focuses on educating his clients on what their minds and bodies endure through their training processes.

In 2020, he officially launched Resilience Fitness & Sports Performance, a virtual fitness and performance training service where you can go for both virtual and in-person performance training, group training, 1:1 training, yoga, HITT training, and much more.

More about Virginia Family Therapy

Virginia Family Therapy is a mental health practice serving individuals, families, and our community. VFT is designed to help people at all stages and from all walks of life by offering therapists and physicians with diverse backgrounds and specialties via face-to-face, walk-and-talk, and telemedicine appointments. Throughout, we are committed to developing strengths-based, authentic, and long-lasting relationships with you and your children. We hope to provide you with the support and insight you need to help your family navigate life’s hard times and joys.

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In this episode on nutrition and body image for athletes, we cover:

  • The effects of an all-or-nothing mentality when it comes to nutrition & working out;
  • How to approach talk about nutrition with athletes;
  • Educating athletes about nutrition & body image;
  • What we need & need to do for our athlete kids to educate them on nutrition & body image;
  • Meal plans;
  • How mindset should always come first;
  • A performance-based mindset instead of an aesthetic-based mindset.

Resources and links mentioned in this episode

  • Are you or your child struggling with mental health? We have a team of psychologists and psychiatrists who can help you out. Don’t hesitate to contact us here.
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  • Connect with Michael on his websiteFacebook, or Instagram.
  • Have you listened to our previous interviews with Michael? Have a listen to Mental Health for Athletes Part 1 and Part 2.

Disclaimer: Please remember we are real live therapists, however this is a podcast and is not considered a therapy session. Not only because there is no co-pay but also because we can’t speak to your individual experiences. We are here to help you keep raising healthy kids. And remember, if you are an imperfect parent, we are right there with you. If you or someone you love is in immediate danger, please call your local crisis hotline or go to your nearest emergency room.

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