The Effects Of Eating Disorders On An Athlete 's Physical Appearance, Size, And Weight Requirements

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Eating disorders are common in sports that require emphasis on an athlete’s physical appearance, size, and weight requirements (NEDA, n.d.). Wrestling is a sport that requires athletes to often times "cut" weight prior to a match. This includes not eating for several days before a match as well as excessive exercise and dehydration. Jeff Reese, a wrestler from Michigan, died on December 9 1997, from kidney failure and a heart malfunction. This happened because he was wearing a rubber suit for a two-hour workout to lose weight while in a 92-degree room. He was trying to drop 12 pounds in one day to make a lower weight class. A month earlier, Joe LaRosa from University of Wisconsin, died wearing a rubber suit in attempt to lose weight. In addition, Billy Jack Saylor, a wrestler from Campbell College in North Carolina, died of a heart attack during practice. He was trying to lose 6 pounds in one day and witnesses say he drove himself to exhaustion and still refused fluids. All these wrestlers reduced their food intake and refused to hydrate properly in order to lose weight. (Reid 3-4) These stories highlight the seriousness of eating disorders in wrestling. Although these are worst-case scenario eating disorders, it is an issue that needs attention at all levels of participation. Wrestlers try to lose weight for many different reasons. Some athletes are driven by the improvement of appearance or for better performance. Another reason is that the wrestlers are pressured by…

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