From NYTimes Opinion:
Body Shaming Dressed Up as a Fitness Goal Is Still Body Shaming
Opinion Columnist Jane Coaston addresses a recent exodus of 6 athletes from the University of Oregon women’s track and field team, for fear that the “program’s approach to their weight and body fat percentages put them at risk for eating disorders.” The demand for female athletes to reach “peak performance” via a dangerously low body fat percentage is an abuse of science for aesthetics’ sake. Women suffer a heightened risk for amenorrhea and eating disorders when they are rewarded, or punished, for not achieving extremely low numbers. This trend is certainly perpetuated in the ballet world, as dancers are tasked to get “longer and leaner” as a mask for weight loss.
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