I found a great blog, umbrellaadventures, which talks about the author’s years as an athlete and the hardcore pressure to lose weight and lose weight and lose weight. All that heavy handed and not so kind pressure lead her to discover bulimia as a diet tool, something she continues to deal with years later.
I’ve always worried about athletes. (First as a young child when watching the Olympics and hearing that the East German women were given male hormones. This terrified me. Would they turn into men, my young self wondered? Gruesome.)
I still worry about tiny teen-aged gymnasts. I’m not an expert, but it seems that their growth is stunted somewhow, and I’ve read that their periods are delayed. That’s pretty unhealthy and actually sounds dangerous.
I worry that our female athletes are starved, forced to maintain unreasonable weights while expending huge number of calories. What about figure skaters? Ballerinas?
I can’t imagine this emphasis on ‘thin’ leads to healthy relationships to food and body.
It’s really disturbing. But I don’t have much experience with this topic (being the good couch potato that I am.)
Does anyone know more about the topic – than I do? Has anyone been forced to lose weight for their career? I would really be interested to hear.