Great post, Doggygirl. Anybody want to talk BMI? How was your percent body fat tested? Underwater? Electromagnetically? Skinfold? After 25 years of counseling dancers, skaters, and other "movers who must maintain an exceptionally low body weight" and having a book published on same, you learn a few things you thought you knew, only to find out that the only way you can really learn anything--and then you still just learn how much more you have to learn--is to face these dying girls and women, and I do mean dying, every damn day for 25 years.
To the "THIS is thin!" "No, THIS is thin!" posters: It's not how thin they are. It's how thin their GENETICS intend them to be.
Khorkina has been that weight since I first saw her, at least eight years ago. Never up, never down. Her genes and her conditioning are determinging that.
Sasha looks to me about 10 lb. lighter now than she did at the '02 Olympics. Check your tapes.
Request, the topic is Sasha. If you want to have a "This is thin!" contest, If I could, I'd put up my photos of "Ballerinas from Auschwitz," which I realize is a very offensive name. But if you took the photos of these girls and tried, with their doctors, to save their lives--failing more often than not--ballet dancers who had been the best in the world just 2 or 3 years earlier, who were simply skeletons and organs with skin stretched over them, girls who believed down to their souls that they were TOO FAT, you'd understand why I use an offensive name.
Speaking of skeletal girls thinking they're too fat, one of the theories of anorexia--which NONE of us is saying we think anybody has who hasn't announced it--is that it's a form of body dysmorphic disorder. In BDD, normal, attractive, even beautiful people truly see themselves as hideously ugly. I nice cute nose to them looks like a football. With anorexics, the hypothesis is that they really cannot see how thin they are, that they look in the mirror and really see 300 LB. women.
Just something to think about. I've gotta eat.