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Figure-skater Adam Rippon talks about his struggle with eating disorders

Figure-skater Adam Rippon talks about his struggle with eating disorders

Adam Richard Rippon, an Olympic gold medalist in figure-skating from America, recently opened up about his struggle with eating disorders. The figure skater, who has already made a breakthrough victory at the U.S. figure skating championships, shared the details about the strict diet plan he used to follow in 2016. Speaking to The New York Times, Rippon spoke candidly about the travails of eating disorders prevalent among many figure skaters.

Reportedly, he used to survive on just three slices of whole grain bread topped with the thinnest layer of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter and three cups of Splenda-sweetened coffee. Though Rippon now follows a healthy diet plan, he feels dizzy upon thinking about his earlier diet. As guided by Susie Parker-Simmons, a sports dietitian with the United States Olympic Committee, Rippon has now been able to make a swift move to a nutrient-rich diet that is helping him feel healthier.

Compared to women in aesthetic sports like figure skating, men are less likely to address the issue of eating disorders in public. Despite the prevalence of the disorder among men, it has remained one of the less-discussed topics among people. Being perpetually conscious of their body weight, they have to keep their cravings and appetites in check. Since figure skaters are always running short of time before the championship, they do not have sufficient time to do it a healthy manner. By being vocal about his past problems with eating disorders, Rippon wants to spread awareness among people.

Lost weight to resemble skaters like Nathan Chen and Vincent Zhou

Today Rippon is celebrated for his ripped thighs and tight abs. Moreover, he also weighs 10 times more than what he did in 2016. He says that he chose to lose weight as he believed that the judges would find a leaner frame to be more appealing. In addition, he also wanted to bear a resemblance to skaters like Nathan Chen and Vincent Zhou, who were his teenage Olympic teammates as their thin bodies permitted for difficult jumps.

His competitors were another factor that inspired him to lose weight. “I looked around and saw my competitors, they’re all doing these quads,” said Rippon. “At the same time they’re a head shorter than me, they’re 10 years younger than me and they’re the size of one of my legs.”

Eat healthy to stay healthy

Eating disorders can be defined as an irregular eating pattern in an individual that is often characterized by irregular eating habits and severe anxiety about one’s body weight and shape. Affecting both males and females in different parts of the world, some of the common forms of eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, etc.

A multitude of factors like genetics, low self-esteem, negative body image, childhood trauma, dysfunctional family, nutritional deficiencies, etc. inflict eating disorders. Since eating disorders increase the chances of developing heart problems, feeling of guilt and distress, bone loss, etc., it is important to diagnose and treat these problems at the earliest. One can fight these disorders through proper medical care, including nutrition, medications and psychotherapies.

Eating healthy is the pathway to healthy living. Therefore, one must ensure to eat the right and healthy food. This can be a simple yet effective technique to reduce their risk of developing any form of eating disorder. The National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (NEDAW), observed from Feb. 26 to Mar. 4, 2018, aims to spread awareness about eating disorders affecting millions across the globe. It becomes a good platform for conducting discussions to bust the myths surrounding this illness and inspire people to begin their journey toward recovery. As part of the NEDAW, let us join hands together and help people deal with this problem intelligently.

In case there is someone, you know who is dealing with eating disorders or anxiety, the Anxiety Disorder Helpline can assist. Call our 24/7 anxiety disorder helpline 866-971-7951 or chat online with one of our experts to get the complete details about the best and comprehensive anxiety disorder treatment centers in your vicinity.