Parents should contact their family doctor immediately if they think their child has Athletic Energy Deficit (AED). The doctor may refer them to a nutritionist or other specialist in behavioral therapy. In some cases, successful treatment may only require a relatively modest reduction in exercise, improved nutrition and a small increase in body weight.
Coaches who are aware of possible AED symptoms – insufficient caloric intake, low weight, menstrual irregularity, stress fractures – should not hesitate to contact their athlete’s parents and tell them about AED and its health risks.
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