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Eating Disorders Among Athletes Erin M Dougherty April 30 2001 Dougherty 1 Susan is a long distance runner who was at the top of her sport in high school and was even given a scholarship to college When she got to college she realized that the competition was much steeper and she was no longer the best Susan did not know how to handle this she was used to being at the top She started working out more often and even cut back on what she was eating She was sure that this would improve her athletic ability She thought she was doing nothing wrong her coach had said her speed was increasing so she continued with her new routine Susan proceeded to do this for a while increasing her running and decreasing her eating Pretty soon she was not eating at all and running three times a day for extreme amounts of time Over time her athletic ability began to diminish She was getting slower and when they lifted weights she was becoming weaker instead of stronger Some of her teammates had noticed how thin she was and began to talk they knew she had an eating disorder When they confronted her she denied it and made excuses for the way she was looking She then tried to hide what she was doing by not eating with the team and wearing baggy clothes This went on for a long time until everything came crashing down Susan was at a big race and feeling very weak but she raced anyway While running up a hill she passed out and landed on her hip fracturing it When she awoke she was in the hospital with a cast The doctor had told her that she had passed out from dehydration and malnutrition because she had not been eating her bones were not receiving calcium The result of this was the fractured hip this was
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