Review on Athletes Are More Vulnerable to Anorexia than Non-Athletes

Athletes Are More Vulnerable to Anorexia than Non-Athletes

This article discusses why athletics are vulnerable to Anorexia. According to the article, the character traits found in athletes like perfectionist and obsessiveness are observed as competitive traits that experts think they trigger eating disorders and anorexia. The author gives an example of Elsie, who is said to be excessively underweight and thinks she needs to lose more weight for her running. The author describes this as an incidence common in athletic men and women as reported by several studies. The author describes Elsie’s condition as serious one which might lead to irreversible bone disease if left untreated. The articles state that self-induced starvation and intense fear of growing fat are behaviors and symptoms of people with Anorexia. The article also states that Anorexia victims can’t escape Bulimia disorder. These disorders are said to infest in somebody’s life slowly which may start by subclinical eating such as skipping meal and calorie restriction and eventually lead to one being obsessed his or her their weight hence indulging in Anorexia behaviors and symptoms. The article concludes by explaining eating disorders brings along many health conditions including poor performance, endurance, fatigue and chronic illness among many conditions. The article particularly focuses on long-term health condition called female athlete triad which is a combination of amenorrhea and osteoporosis.

This article is consistent with my knowledge of Anorexia disorder as I am aware it a common phenomenon with individuals who do sporting. It, however, shines more light on the serious dangers of Anorexia and how hard it can be to convince people with Anorexia bout their condition and the need to take action. Elsie is said to be so skinny but continually denies there is nothing wrong with her and to make matters worse, she still thinks she needs to lose more weight. The article further describes that people with anorexia have a tendency of viewing themselves fat and distorting their body images which drive them to lose more calories through calorie cutting or excessive exercise. From the article, I learn about Bulimia disorder which is associated with Anorexia. It gives me a feeling of helpless Anorexia victims to learn that they go through episodes of binge eating that they can’t control after which they feel guilty and make themselves vomit or use laxatives to prevent adding calories.  From the article, I also learn that Anorexia is common in sports like gymnastics, crew, wrestling, running and volleyball. I am aware that psychological traits play a major role in behaviors of people especially in association with self-induced disorders. From the article, the author mentions psychological traits like the obsession to prosper and to be perfect to be common in people with eating disorders. The article affirms by knowledge of Anorexia through Dr.Sundgot-Borgen findings of Anorexia, Bulimia, and subclinical eating disorder. Among the potential triggers of this disorder as stated by Dr.Sundgot include if one started dieting at a young age and if one experienced an abrupt increase in exercise coincided with frequent weight loss. Genetic makeup is said to be a possible connection in some cases of eating disorders according to other researchers. This article is relevant and useful because it includes findings of several studies that conclude Anorexia is common on athletic men and women than non-athletic people. This gives an unbiased approach in its discussion.



Works cited

Liz Applegate, “Athletes Are More Vulnerable to Anorexia than Non- Athletes”

Runner’s World magazine, p.6.