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The Price of Winning Athletes and Eating Disorders Everyone has seen that gymnast vaulting to great heights or brilliant floor routine that demonstrates their strength and flexibility Or the elegant and slim figure skater who glides across the ice to music impressing us with their speed height of their jumps and their graceful spins And the beautiful and thin ballerina who seems to capture an audience as she dances across a stage Many athletes are looked up to because of their appearance their talent and their success Athletes today are idolized by children and adults and many athletes are fantastic role models With any sport no matter the age of the individual we often fail to remember the long hours and hard work of practice and training that many athletes endure Frissell 19 The success of an athlete is reached by determination self-discipline and a lot of hard work Athletes families invest a lot of time and money into their childs sport and being successful is important With most athletes their life revolves around their sport and they are dedicated in almost every aspect It is true that with almost with any success whether in a sport or not it can come at a high cost for any person including their health and well being What is healthy 3 The strive to be thin lean and to excel in sports forcing young athletes into eating disorders The need to look good by having shaped tone body and succeeding in a sport drives many athletes into eating disorders But resorting to dangerous methods of weight control to try to succeed and win competitions is putting the athletes life in great danger No gold metal is worth dying for It is unfair to say that the reason athletes develop eating disorder is because they are involved in sports There are many athletes who do not have a eating problem For instance athletes who are
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