Similar to other athletes, runners often underestimate the negative implications that losing weight can have on one’s health and sport performance. In this interview with Kellie Miller from the University of Southern California, Riley Nickols states, “There is this notion of, if I can lose weight or change my body composition, then my performance will improve,”

He continues, “The body is tremendously resilient. And what we see is that the performance of athletes with eating disorders doesn’t always immediately tank. In fact, performance for a lot of athletes we see momentarily increases.”

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