Athletics Weekly - - Letters -

MADDY AUSTIN’s ar­ti­cle about her bat­tle with anorexia in last week’s AW was in­ter­est­ing and con­tains use­ful ad­vice for coaches and young ath­letes.

This is such a del­i­cate topic and we need more ar­ti­cles such as this.

On one hand we hear crude cliches fly­ing around the sport like ‘you have to be thin to win’. But if ath­letes take weight loss to the ex­treme it can lead to se­ri­ous ill­ness and prob­lems.

It is of course not a new prob­lem ei­ther and I re­mem­ber ar­ti­cles in AW and else­where many years ago about lead­ing ju­nior ath­letes in the GB cross coun­try team suf­fer­ing from eat­ing dis­or­ders.

There is of­ten a fine line be­tween be­ing fast and light and be­ing too light, weak and ill.

The more in­for­ma­tion we can get on this area, the bet­ter.

Tina La­grave, via email

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