My issue is if the Chinese government is forcing kids into doing it (yes). Everyone deserves to have a choice and everyone deserves to be informed. The other issue, of course, is if they are receiving injections to delay growth. That would fall under the category of unfair drug usage.
As a by-the-way, what I said about potential bad effects of stringent diets in adolescence is, alas, true whether or not we pass judgment on the people using them. I can't rescind those details, because I didn't make up the laws of nature. Fortunately, (a) the extreme effects don't happen to everyone and (b) many athletes don't starve to extreme craziness.
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Where do the entrenched belief of coerced diet and training in other nations come from? It's so self perpetuating without any proof like so many myths.
The US is the nation plagued with eating disorders, from over eating by the majority of the population, on junk food no less, to self deprivation illnesses which are often fatal. There are "coercions" from many powerful institutions, including the government which passes laws against healthy foods, subsidizes junk foods and approves toxic additives.
I have vegans and vegetarians in my office. The one vegan I know.. not a single fat on her body. Her kids are vegans too (which is something I won't encourage ..even the doctors). The vegetarians I know .. none of them is fat too. So there's really benefit in being a vegetarian if one is talking about health and weight.
Who are the figure skaters who are vegetarians or vegans? If they are still competing they will need to find good sources of protein to build their muscles?
Personally don't mind being a vegetarian as I am not much of a meat eater and I can see the benefits.
Serious Business, does forgoing food for the day makes one lighter for jumps? Aw..I think I will be so starved that I won't be able to jump or think (no sugar getting to my head) - based on my own experience in dieting.
Not to mention whales, the biggest on earth, live centuries.
Coming back to the skaters, so what do they really eat? I would assume most would try to avoid the obvious unhealthy food though some times, the 'unheathy food' may taste a lot better.
I feel like some skaters eat a pretty "normal" diet. I have heard several times that Caroline Zhang has a big sweet tooth, Mirai is a junk food junkie, and I know Amanda Dobbs loves to bake and has mentioned she doesn't watch what she eats so much as the portion size. With the amount they are exercising, I don't think it is necessary to follow a super strict diet to stay slim. I mean, I'm a college student, and there are plenty of slender girls walking around campus who eat junk food and drink on the weekends, sure some of them work out a ton, but others barely work out at all. A lot depends on genetics and metabolism. I assume in general the diet of a pairs skater is probably more strict than that of a singles skater, and the diet of a singles ladies skater more strict than that of a singles male skater. Just my two cents. I doubt skaters are eating at McDonalds multiple times a week but I'm sure some of them eat like normal people.
Most unhealthy foods don't taste better but are manufactured with addictive additives. I find them mostly disgusting and would rather go hungry, though I wouldn't turn down an occasional truly fine decadent desert. My motto is if I must sin, it has to be worth it. No getting sick and fat on cheap candy or donuts for me.Coming back to the skaters, so what do they really eat? I would assume most would try to avoid the obvious unhealthy food though some times, the 'unheathy food' may taste a lot better.
I do understand people, including skaters and other athletes, enjoy familiar foods and many have developed the common bad habits like a sweet tooth or hankering for certain fast food. But when people are motivated, either for good health or for winning advantages, they adopt healthy diets appropriate for themselves, with changed taste preferences or sheer will power at least initially. Eating well should not be just about body weight but about good nutrition and optimal health. The more one depends on youth hormones to compensate for a poor lifestyle when young, the earlier they age. A classic spend now and pay later plan.
Chris Caluza always tweets about what he's eating - the other day he had a macaroni and cheese hot dog with all sorts of stuff on it. He also has a weak spot for KFC - we both discuss it often (KFC <3).
On the other hand, another skater I know (who will remain nameless) practically starves himself, and it breaks my heart. It's the cruel and ugly side of this sport...