One Teen’s Bulimia…It Happens to Athletes, Too

Eating disorders are fairly common among high school athletes, especially females. Approximately 41% of female athletes in high school reported disordered eating (NEDA). The importance of healthy nutrition is emphasized for student-athletes, but what happens if it turns into an obsession? What should parents do if they suspect their child has an eating disorder? Our partners at Children's Hospital Colorado can help.

Madi O'Dell was treated successfully in Children's Hospital Colorado's Eating Disorders Unit (EDU) for bulimia, an eating disorder, which began her freshman year in high school.


In this series of videos, Madi candidly shares her teen perspective about her experience. She's also joined by her mom, Sue O'Dell, and high school counselor and coach, Mike Deutsch, who provide tips for adults who suspect a kid they know may be struggling with an eating disorder.


Together, Madi, Sue and Mike hope to educate and inspire others about the dangers of eating disorders and the facts and resources available for those who seek treatment.

Learn more about how the CHCO Eating Disorders Program works.