“Weight management” equals eating disorders

Eating disorders should be addressed with concern, not discussed as a skill to be perfected. In the article âÄúWeight management down to an art,âÄù Austin Cumblad writes admiringly about the University of Minnesota wrestling teamâÄôs methods of achieving weight requirements for competition. Unhealthy eating and exercise patterns are not justified by participating in a competitive sport. Eating disorders are commonly seen in many sports such as cross country and gymnastics. However, wrestling makes the situation even worse by requiring athletes to have disordered eating patterns in order to compete at an elite level. The most basic human needs are water, shelter and food. Humans who are deprived or deprive themselves from these necessities often have negative long term psychological and health effects. The Minnesota Daily should support student athlete health instead of glorifying disordered eating. Jamie Cheever University student