Sunday, July 15, 2012

When Eating Becomes the Obession

It has been awhile, but with travel and work, things can get crazy. But I read an interesting article I will link in a little while. My quick thoughts for the day deal with food and how athletes think about eating.

When we think of fat people, we think about how all they do is eat, eat, eat. We never think about the people who obsess over what they are not eating or what they will eat in front of people and what they will not eat later or how long they will go before they will eat again and so on.

This is where I will present a Gymnastics eating disorder article and show how it comes into play:

Notice how figure skating is mentioned.

What probably helped throw my metabolism way out of whack was the horrible nutrition and exercise training that happened during my figure skating years. 5+ hours of training a day, eating as little as possible (broccoli and ice diet was a major fad in my day), and embarrassing weigh ins in front of everyone.

In the area where I trained, there were not too many male coaches, but mostly female coaches and they seemed to be the worst. These women preyed on young girls and their fears. They knew how to get into the heads of all of us.

So while there is a huge focus on Bulimia and Anorexia (and there should be), there also needs to be a focus on people who don't have these life threatening illnesses/diseases, but also have eating disorders/metabolic problems that have happened because of poor coaching and nutritional training. Funny how ice skating coaches demanded parents buy high priced sports physiologists for the skaters to be at the top of their games, but not sports medicine folks/nutritionists. Maybe it is because those folks would have called their bluffs!  

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