Eating Recovery Center In the News: The Otter Realm

"Maintaining a Positive Body Image" The insights of Dr. Craig Johnson, Eating Recovery Center's Chief Clinical Officer, were recently featured in an article by Cal State Monterey Bay's student-run newspaper, The Otter Realm. The article explores the topic of body image and considerations of college athletes for maintaining positive body image while getting into competitive shape or after leaving their sport. Read below for a short excerpt of the article. The media portrays women and have models that are typically 5’11” and weigh around 117 pounds while the average woman is around 5’4” and weighs around 140 pounds. As for college athletes, this ranges because even with being in great shape, the amount of muscle weighs more than fat, so more often than not that number is going to be higher. Coach Figueroa, in charge of the Women’s water polo team here at California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) has always said that being safe is important when getting into shape. It is not about the number but it is what YOUR playing weight is. Everyone’s is different and it depends on how you use it to your advantage. In an article on The Daily News Online, an athlete named Alyssa Kitasoe that attended UCLA describes how the feeling of wearing the UCLA Gymnastics logo made her feel proud and on top. As it is known gymnastics is a sport that is all about being small and light enough to hurl yourself through the air a couple of times and still be able to land on your feet. Kitasoe described how her feelings changed once she quit the sport. Her body image of herself changed and soon she developed bulimia nervosa. “It was like seeing a ghost of yourself, or a monster,” Kitasoe describes. According to experts Craig Johnson and Katherine Beals, at least one-third of female college athletes have some type of eating disorder. Read more.

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