Key points from a recent conference on the issues surrounding athletes trying to balance food intake, weight, and performance gains.
Too many athletes (males and females alike) struggle with food and weight. Their common belief is “the lighter I am, the better I'll perform.” Not true, if the cost of attaining the perfect body is poorly fueled muscles, overuse injuries, and a dysfunctional relationship with food. If you are a triathlete who struggles with losing those last few pounds, take note. Weight issues may have little to do with body fat and more to do with feelings of not being “good enough.” Haven't we all, as athletes, had that thought? And certainly, some of us struggle with the “I'm not good enough” belief far more than others. And we are the ones who can easily cross the line into having an eating disorder.
The following information, presented at a conference in Boston organized by the Multiservice Eating Disorders Association (MEDA), offers food for thought for all athletes who struggle with finding the right balance of food, weight, and exercise. For additional information, MEDA’s website is filled with helpful resources for teammates, friends and family members, as well as for athletes with anorexia, bulimia, and food obsessions.
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