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."