Monthly Archives: December 2016

The Ugly Side of the Beauty Aesthetic

Fitness models and physique competitors strive to attain an extreme aesthetic of a sculpted, lean body. The process of achieving this look, however, causes physical afflictions. These closely resemble the symptoms of starvation since the lean competition body is essentially in a state of chronic malnutrition. Malnutrition produces various dysfunctions that affect multiple organs within […]


Disorderly eating affects many physique competitors, particularly during the final stage of competition preparation which is masochistically known as ‘cutting’. In their report, Taylor and Francis (2014) reveal that in comparison with non-athletes, ‘athletes are considered three times more likely to develop an eating disorder’.[1] Anorexics and athletes have similar psychological profiles, having many aspects […]