Athletes often follow intensive training and diet regimens to prepare their bodies for the highest level of their sport.
But when a new report by Soledad O'Brien reveals Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel finding the perfect body can often lead to a "dark place".
The Segment At HBO, on Tuesday, the often overlooked topic eating disorders in male athletes is addressed – a topic that is far more common than you might think. As O'Brien reports, one-third of those who deal with an eating disorder are men and sportsmen are at particular risk.
The report also highlights the superior competitiveness that brings top athletes to prominence as some athletes struggle with eating disorders.
"What makes you a great, elite athlete can also make you" great "if you suffer from an eating disorder," said O'Brien Men's Health a telephone interview on Monday.
Not only that, but the intense training and diet that elite athletes follow anyway can sometimes make it difficult for athletes and their environment to recognize disturbed behavior, which is the borderline between unhealthy diet and commendable commitment to the sport blurred.
"[Being an elite athlete] probably also helps to dress it up a bit," O & Brien said. "I think what can be read first, when the engagement finally goes terribly wrong."
This was the case for Logan Davis, a former goalie for the Ohio State University's ice hockey team O & # 39; Brien reports in the segment that the network operator is an Outstanding Player for the Buckeyes, but privately with an eating disorder too When he told O & R Brien in this segment, he felt "praised" by his coaches and teammates as he went back and forth between hunger and food.
"It's a very lonely one Feeling, "says Davis to the journalist in this segment.
For Maggie Burbank, who produced the Real Sport s Segment, this "lonely feeling" underscores the stigma and taboo that can make male athletes silenced such disorders.
"We're starting to move the needle a bit," Burbank said. "People are opening up more about it. But it is still taboo to talk about it. It will take a lot more people to talk about it. "
It's not surprising that top athletes could be vulnerable to such dangerous habits. These are competitive people looking for any competitive advantage they can, relying on highly regulated training and dieting programs to stay at the top of their game. As O & Br Brien in an interview with Dr. Ing. Paula Quatromoni, Associate Professor of Nutrition at Boston University Sargent College, who specializes in eating disorders in athletes, notes, "Many people say that's a good thing."
Good thing, until it goes to a dark place, "says Quatromoni in the segment.
As the segment notes, the problem may have been compounded by an increasingly competitive sports culture and the rise of so-called" bro-science ". This was criticized for advocating unrealistic body expectations and dangerous behavior on the Internet.
"It really does, really, make a challenge to people obsessed with it," Burbank said.