Episode 56

Relative Energy Deficiency Syndrome (RED-S), Exercise and Eating Disorders with Allie Outram

“Thinking of a comparison between psychological profiles of athletes and those with eating disorders... perfectionism, black and white thinking, high levels of self control, self expectations, competitiveness, compulsiveness, repetitive exercise routines...”

There are so many parallels.

“I don’t think you can be excellent at something without an element of obsessiveness.”

Ex-athlete Allie Outram makes a welcome return and we deep dive into exercise when dealing with eating disorders, recovery and Relative Energy Deficiency Syndrome (RED-S).

Allie explains RED-S in detail:

Who’s at risk?

What causes it?

And whether weight loss/ED behaviours are a factor?

Allie ran competitively at world class level while suffering with an eating disorder.

During this time she was captain of the Junior Great British Team, which consisted of six athletes, “shockingly four of us had an eating disorder.”

Find out much more about exercise with Allie, why we need to move and how setting the right intention alongside eating disorder behaviours, is key to a healthy life and recovery.

Allie really knows her stuff!


  • [02:00] - What exercise means to Allie  
  • [11:58] - Supporting bone density
  • [19:20] - Supporting osteoporosis
  • [21:40] - Relative Energy Deficiency Syndrome (RED-S)


Allie’s Website


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Love This Food Thing
A series of conversations around experiences with food, eating disorders and recovery.