Awesome Panorama episode tonight with Colin Jackson. Uncovering elite athletes and their eating disorders to achieve the goals of winning come what may. Are the stakes that high that we can sacrifice the people. What are we doing? Sport is meant to be fun, engaging, a way of being motivated to be healthy. It is not meant to be killing and destroying people.
Click here to find the program on player – https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000n7t1
The effects of eating disorders are many – from low bone density, to loss of muscle elasticity and strength, soft tissue wastage, organ deterioration, loss of mental strength, loss of clarity and positive attitude and direction. Basically it can kill you. What are we demanding of our athletes to put them to such pressure and then turn a blind eye – which we are doing if we as coaches cannot open our eyes and see what is in front of us.