Rachael Steil on breaking misconceptions on eating disorders in running

Social Sport

January 4, 2021

Rachael Steil [“Style”] began the Running in Silence website in 2012 in the midst of her binge eating disorder, as a cross country and track runner at Aquinas College. Rachael is now an eating disorder recovery advocate, the author of Running in Silence, and the founder of the Running in Silence nonprofit. She serves on the board for the Michigan Eating Disorder Alliance (MiEDA), and is currently a mentor for the USTFCCCA Female Coaches Mentorship Program. Rachael has been interviewed for numerous publications including U.S. News and World Report, Vogue Magazine, and Women’s Running. She has delivered presentations at coaching clinics, high schools, and colleges across the country to share her story, create awareness, and bring hope to other coaches and athletes. Rachael is currently based in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she recently finished and released the second edition of her book, Running in Silence!

Discussed in this episode:

Rachael’s story as an All-American runner with an eating disorder Paula Quatromoni Cycle of binge eating cycle after anorexia Getting professional help!!! Assigning morality to how people eat Rachael’s YouTube conversation with her dad Resources for coaches, athletes, parents, etc. Diversifying eating disorder resources Rachael’s YouTube conversation with Matt Smith David Proctor and male eating disorders Eatright.org National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls


“Why aren’t coaches given this kind of information? We have to take a concussion training every year, we had to take a COVID training this year, but there is no mandatory training for eating disorders. And I’m quite sure there are more eating disorders than concussions in running. I don’t deny that concussions are very important, but I really wish eating disorders were part of the training curriculum.”

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