Last week, Kim at Adventure in Wanting wrote a great post about female Olympians and weight, questioning whether the demands of different sports do or don't lead women to eating orders.
I think that sometimes they do and some sports are more dangerous for EDs than others. I've read about gymnastics coaches yelling at their pupils to lose weight with bulimia as the out-product. I've heard of figure skaters continually told to reduce weight because of the way they look in their outfits and the ice. when your clothes are that skimpy and so much skin is displayed (some string beans are bigger than those skating costumes), and you're NOT a natural string bean, i'd think you'd need to restrict.
Weight aside (do i ever put weight aside?), something else that bothers me is the stunting of the girls growth when they start sport so young, practise so hard and need to look thin. (if you're exercising strenously many hours a day, i think you'd be ravenously hungry. restriction would make me crazy.) i recall one gymnast saying she didn't get her period until her early 20s! i don't think she's alone.
i've heard many stories, usually in gymastics, about delayed growth due to exercise. gymnasts and their coaches openly share that the gymnast is shorter and her periods start later because of the sport. you can see it, right? and what about those little, squeaky voices?
one of my sister's friend's, kathy, has a 15 year old daughter, jackie, who's a tennis star. jackie practises six days a week, runs and lift weights. kathy, her mother (!), laughs that Jackie's adorably not even 5', as her height's been obviously effected by all the tennis. this isn't scientific evidence, but jackie kind of does have one of those little voices. i don't mean to criticize her; i just worry. i hope i'm not right.
How is this acceptable? Why is this even legal?
i really didn't do a ton of research today -- this is pretty anecdotal. does anyone else know more about this than i?
i don't do gratitude lists often but today's gratitude is-- I'M HOME FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS. MAYBE MORE. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!