Simon Ward, The High Performance Human Triathlon Podcast

Project RED-S * Pippa Woolven

September 7, 2022

Eating disorders and disordered eating have long been a thing in endurance sports. The combination of disordered eating, amenorrhea, and osteoporosis was originally referred to as the “female athlete triad”. But this is not an exclusively female issue and more recently we have started using the term RED-S or Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport.

Today my guest is Pippa Woolven, the founder of Project RED-S. This is a collaborative initiative formed by a group of athletes, parents, and partners whose lives have been impacted by the condition. They have 3 main aims - Awareness, Prevention, and Recovery. In this episode, Pippa and I will cover each of those topics to help you have a better understanding of how you might be able to help athletes you train with, coach or support.

It's a very informative chat as we cover:

  • Pippa’s story and how Project RED-S started
  • What is RED-S and what are the long-term mental/physical health consequences 
  • Impacts on athletic performance
  • What you can do if you are a coach/parent/supporter
  • Chasing the perfect diet and what to do if you think your clean eating has gone too far
  • Social media and sports culture
  • Ending on a positive note


To find out more about Pippa and RED-S please use these social media links:







Pippa also shared these useful links to other podcasts and blogs:

Nourish Balance Thrive - a good podcast about all things sports & nutrition 

Rich Roll - one focused on wellness and forward-thinking 

A brilliant simplified summary of fuelling by Chris Lowe

A brilliant website full of training and nutrition advice for women

Pippa's article in Runner's World

Elite mountain biker Evie Richards talking about RED-S 


And finally, some recommended books to add to our growing list:

The Book of Joy - Dalai Lama & Desmond Tutu

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Macksey

ROAR by Stacey Sims

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