Triathletes who place too much emphasis on body weight and weight loss can be at a greater risk for adverse sport performance and health implications. It’s an issue that is perhaps more widespread than triathletes realize. 

“It’s a common and prevalent phenomenon throughout all sports, actually,” says Riley Nickols, who has a doctorate in counseling psychology from Fordham University and is an eight-time Ironman finisher, “But triathletes may be particularly predisposed due to the nature of the sport.”

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