Fashion models have a long history of being criticized for their unhealthy eating habits – I mean, some of them barely eat at all! I must confess I have to raise my hand too when it comes to being guilty of accusing models of poor eating practices (see link to previous blog: https://loseweightwithsue.wordpress.com/2013/02/11/skinny-model-sparks-healthy-body-debate/ )
However, I recently stumbled across an interesting article which highlighted a whole group of sportsmen / women who – with consistent regularity – undertake unhealthy eating practices in order to comply with the strict regulations governing their profession: if you hadn’t guessed yet, these people are jockeys. See the news article I am referring to here: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health-fitness/guess-who-eats-even-less-than-models-jockeys-yet-no-one-questions-them/story-fneuz9ev-1226618202015
Jockeys have to ‘weigh in’ before each race in order to ensure they meet strict weight restrictions: as the article highlights, they will undertake days of ‘starving’ in order to meet their weight requirement and even resort deliberate dehydration prior to weigh-in, in order to ensure the scales will be in their favour. Bear in mind too, many of these jockeys start their career as apprentices from the age of 15, so, if they have a long career, will endure decades of malnourishment which leads to long-term metabolism problems, osteoporosis, organ damage…the list is endless.
Perhaps the dietary habits of jockeys are not as scrutinized simply because they are not often in the public eye: thin, beautiful models constantly feature in magazines and, unfortunately, vulnerable women aspire to look like them. No wonder eating disorders are so prevalent amongst women today – it’s the skewed view that the media are giving us of the ‘perfect’ woman.
The long-term damage that both jockeys and models are doing to their body is by far the greatest concern: when their careers are over, the years of extreme calorie deficiency will manifest into serious health issues…which begs the question ‘was it all really worth it?’
Damage caused by years’ of fad dieting can also inflict serious damage to your body. We’ve all tried crazy diets in the past, but if you have ‘tried them all’ and had long periods of severe calorie restriction, I am sure your metabolism has suffered as a result.
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