An Institute expert has been working with the world famous Cirque du Soleil providing training and education to their medical staff on nutrition and disordered eating.

The Institute’s Professor Jon Arcelus, professor of mental health and transgender health, teamed up with the circus arts company while the troupe was in residence at London’s Royal Albert Hall from February to March 2018.

Professor Arcelus has provided similar training for many years to The Royal Ballet at Covent Garden.  His research shows that there is a high prevalence of eating disorders in athletes and dancers, and that education remains a key issue in early detection and treatment.

He said: “I am honoured to have been asked to provide training and education for the company and it is good to see that the Cirque du Soleil takes early prevention of eating disorders seriously and looks after their troupe so well.”

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