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Beats the big-alarm: Fill rocks in their pockets to cheat with the weight

Reports of emaciated young athletes that fill the stones in the pockets, when they have to kontrolvejes, in order to hide the fact that they have thrown additional weight, now get the Norwegian professor Jorunn Sundgot-Borgen to beat the alarm, writes the Norwegian media.

Eating disorders among particular Norwegian cross country skiers are in this autumn so widespread and extreme that Sundgot-Borgen experiencing a veritable telefonstorm from coaches and parents looking for help.

- We have had this problem (with eating disorders, ed.) for many years, but it has never been as bad as this autumn, says Sundgot-Borgen at the Norwegian broadcasting corporation NRK, and stating that the young athletes in the firm belief that the fewer kilogram is the right way to sejrspodierne, slims in sick.

the Professor attacking the leaders of the sport to maintain it also in other than the widespread idea that weight loss is paramount for athletic success.

- It is clearly a leader responsibility. There is no medical competence in order to discover what is going on in many cases, and I ask myself, if the leaders are too cowardly to ensure that the athletes can both take care of their health and their ability to perform, says Jorunn Sundgot-Borgen at the Norwegian broadcasting corporation NRK.

There corresponds the Norwegian landsholdslæge Øystein Andersen, to the sport certainly is aware of their role.

- We have zero tolerance (for excessive slankekultur, ed.). We focus on the fact that health always comes before performance, says Andersen to NRK.

According to Jorunn Sundgot-Borgen is the most common forms of eating disorders among cross country skiers, they are extremely restrictive when it comes to dining, which brings the athlete to the limit of the classic anorexia (nervosa) and bulimia, which is binge eating followed by induced vomiting.

Jorunn Sundgot-Borgen calls for landsholdsløbere to step forward and denounce the excessive slankekultur.

- They are role models for the young people, and they can tell you how important it is to eat wise and exercise wise. That it is what it takes to be the best athlete, says the Norwegian professor of sports medicine and a specialist in eating disorders.

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