Health Scare of the week
Starving Woman Athletes
The number of young woman involved in demanding sports-like track, soccer, and basketball- has surged dramatically in recent years. Its positive signs, of course, but there’s a downside. New research shows that many female athletes aren’t eating enough, putting themselves at risk for malnutrition and chronic health issues. “These athletes can come in any shape, form or weight- it’s not just that typical ballerina physique that we’re looking out for anymore,” orthopedic surgeon Dr. Elizabeth Matzkin tells NPR.org. Researches found that woman who do not consume enough food to replace the calories they burn are at risk for “female athlete triad syndrome: irregular menstruation, a lack of energy, and low bone density. Bone density loss among young women increases their risk for broken bones and osteoporosis later in life. The research suggest that in order to stay healthy, athletic teenage girls may need to consume about 3,500 calories daily.
Source: The Week Sept. 25, 2015