Renee McGregor shares on PHIT for a Queen “what is orthorexia & the movement #trainbrave”
- Her background in clinical practice gave her valuable skills working with other disciplines
- Her love for running naturally drove her to sports nutrition
- Found her interest in clinical nutrition and sports dietitian blended her into specializing in eating disorders.
- Orthorexia is the obsession with eating correctly
- Trainbrave is an educational campaign to make runners aware of eating disorders and RED-S (relative energy deficiency in Sport)
- Found that there was a lack of resources for those that wanted to compete but weren’t elite athletes
- The disordered eating comes as a symptom of how to deal with discomfort
- Trainbrave opens the conversation not only for the athlete but the coaches as well
- These athletes tend to be looked over as they look “healthy”
Renee McGregor BSc (hons) PGDIP (DIET) PGCERT(sportsnutr) RD SENr
Renee is a leading Sports and Eating disorder specialist dietitian with over 15 years’ experience working in clinical and performance nutrition, with Olympic (London, 2012), Paralympic (Rio, 2016) and Commonwealth (Queensland, 2018) teams.
She works with individuals, athletes of all levels and ages, coaches and sports science teams to provide nutritional strategies to enhance sport performance and manage eating disorders.
She is presently working with a number of national governing bodies and professional endurance teams including, Scottish Gymnastics, The GB 24 hour running squad, The EA Marathon development squad, pro-cyclists, and triathletes.
She is regularly asked to work directly with high performing and professional athletes that have developed a dysfunctional relationship with food that is impacting their performance, health and career.
She is the best-selling author of Training Food: Get the Fuel you Need, Fast Fuel: Food for Triathlon Success and Orthorexia: When Healthy Eating Goes Bad. She has spoken at many events including Stylist live, Cheltenham Literature and Science festivals, Google Talks and BBC News night.
She is the co-founder of #TRAINBRAVE a campaign raising the awareness of eating disorders in sport; providing resources and practical strategies to reduce the prevalence.
Her aim is to “Empower Balance in a Performance-Driven World”.
She is on the REDS advisory board for BASES (The British Association of Sport and Exercise Science) and I sit on the International Task Force for Orthorexia.
Renee has been invited to speak at several high profile events including The European Eating Disorder Society Annual Conference as the UK expert in Orthorexia, Cheltenham Literature Festival, Cheltenham Science Festival, The Stylist Show and Google.
She writes for many national publications and is often asked to comment in the national press. She regularly contributes to radio and TV, including News night and BBC 5 Live.