Category I’m Judging You

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Body Image Distortion

Body image distortion is a pervasive cultural dysmorphia. According to The Journal of Psychology (2015), body image refers to ‘the subjective personal interpretation of an individual’s body’.[1] Distortion of our body image results from constant exposure to visions of ideal bodies that are ubiquitously portrayed in the media. Comparing our own physical forms with these […]

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 […]

‘CUTTING’ & DISORDERLY EATING

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 […]

Do Fitness Competitions Trigger Eating Disorders?

Preparing for a fitness competition is physically and psychologically tough. It also has the potential to exacerbate or trigger pre-existing conditions such as eating disorders and body image dysmorphia. Many women who enter the competition world have histories of body dissatisfaction or ‘abnormal’ eating behaviours. Coach Layne Norton estimates that ‘up to 70% of the […]

Binge Eating Disorder – Are You at Risk?

There comes a point during any ‘diet’ or competition preparation, when the restricted calorie and macronutrient intake becomes too much. Dieting often results in recurrent cravings for particular food items, predominantly sugary carbohydrates such as ‘biscuits, chocolate, sweets and ice cream.’ When these cravings become overpowering, they lead to uncontrollable binges. One competitor remarks that […]

The Physical Cost of Dieting & Cutting

Trigger warning Striving to attain the extreme aesthetic requirements of physique competitions causes both physical and psychological 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 the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, endocrine, skeletal, and central nervous […]

Dangers of Dieting & ‘Cutting’

Trigger warning   Disorderly eating affects many physique competitors, particularly during the final stage of competition preparation which is masochistically known as ‘cutting’. In a recent 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] According to one eating disorders’ expert, […]