Eleni Psillakis is the Director of BrazenGrowth and winner of the Filex 2016 Inspiration Award for efforts in raising awareness of eating disorders in the fitness industry. She has presented at the 2017 and 2018 National Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference and has worked voluntarily alongside Dr. Sarah Maguire from the Centre for Eating and Dieting Disorders, reviewing guidelines on Identifying and Managing Eating Disorders in the Fitness Industry.
The course “Identifying and Managing Clients with Eating Disorders in the Fitness Industry” hopes to bring an understanding of this and other eating disorders as serious mental illnesses. One of the key indicators of anorexia is excessive exercise. Most of the time the sufferer will not disclose that there is an issue. The course includes identifying the characteristics of the main eating disorders, the contraindications for exercise when certain compensatory behaviours are engaged, effective communication with the sufferer for early intervention with an allied health professional and how fitness professionals can work as part of a team to make a positive difference to the person concerned.
BrazenGrowth was formed out of a wealth of educational experience, both professionally and personally. The word brazen means to boldly and unashamedly face and overcome challenges. And life is full of challenges!
How we deal with these can impact our lives in a positive or negative way and then another set of challenges is created for us to cope with. It is so easy to mask or ignore these challenges. Ultimately, our mental health can be affected and this impacts on our work life, our relationships and our physical health.
BrazenGrowth aims to encourage individuals to face, open up and work through these challenges by addressing issues that are not easily discussed in our everyday lives. These issues can affect our abilities, our goals, our self-esteem and sense of worth.
Every part of our health affects the other. Physical, mental, emotional and social health, are interrelated. If one of these areas suffers, the others do also. This course will equip you to help make a difference to the total health of clients that may be engaging in disordered eating, excessive exercise and /or other compensatory behaviours.