Which sports stars are losing weight?
The sports world is in a state of disarray.
The latest figures released by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) show that some of the world’s biggest stars are dropping more than 20kg from their respective weights.
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has also reported that the sport has lost around 100kg of weight since it was introduced in 2010.
The numbers are staggering.
In total, there are about 30 million active sportsmen in the world.
And with the Olympics looming on the horizon, there is talk of a “new era” in which sportsmen will be able to “work smarter, not harder”.
However, while it may be time to re-think the way we look after our bodies, it is also time to rethink how we look for them.
And in some ways, this is the case for many professional sportsmen.
The latest figures from the International Association for Sports Research (IASR) show a marked drop in the weight of some of these top athletes, which could explain why some of them are still struggling to lose weight.
In their latest “Global Sport Weight Loss Survey”, the IASR found that there were around 1.4 million active sport athletes aged over 18 who were either “overweight”, “obese” or “obesic”.
And although they are usually referred to as “over weight”, many of them have “obesity” or other diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.
In the United States, there were nearly 4 million active professional sports men aged 18 to 65 who were obese in 2012.
This is a huge decline, and not just because of a decline in athletes in the past.
The US is one of the worlds biggest exporters of professional athletes, accounting for around 90% of the global total.
In fact, it may also be time for a new era in which professional sportsman can “work better, not more”, said David Mazzone, a professor of nutrition at the University of California, Berkeley.
The IASL, a non-profit research and advocacy organisation, also found that in the US, there was a rise in the number of athletes who were classified as obese in the last decade.
This was a direct result of a new law, which required sports leagues and teams to report on the weights and heights of their athletes.
But it has also meant that a lot of these athletes have lost the confidence of their doctors, and have been given “excess” weight.
So what can be done to reduce this obesity epidemic?
Mazzone said there are a number of strategies that could be put into place.
There is a good chance that some sport teams, coaches and officials are trying to avoid these overweight athletes in their teams and are trying not to use their weight as a motivator to gain a competitive edge.
For instance, he said, it’s possible that teams have been taking “excessive weight off the table” and may be focusing on more efficient eating, or that they are “resting in a more sustainable way”.
In a more realistic scenario, there could be a focus on eating more lean meat.
This would also be a good time to look at whether athletes are “over” or underweight, he added.
This means that they need to be eating more healthily, including reducing the amount of sugar they eat, which is one area where the current obesity epidemic could be tackled.
There are also many sports where there are clear “health guidelines”, such as the NFL, which can help make people aware of the importance of “getting enough sleep”, Mazzinone said.
And it is not just the “healthy” foods that can be made more palatable, he suggested.
It is also possible to reduce the amount and types of fats and oils that athletes are consuming.
He said it was important that sportsmen take the time to get more comfortable with eating “healthy”.
This will allow them to be more effective in the future, and “make the sport more appealing to people who are interested in becoming involved”, he said.
What is clear is that this obesity crisis is having an effect on many sportsmen and women.
“I think that is really important for our society,” said Mazzanek.
“It is very important to have a healthy population and I think that’s what we have been failing to do.”