So, low energy availability is the villain here and lack of periods is just one of many problems associated with RED-S. Essentially, when the body doesn't receive enough energy (specifically carbohydrate) relative to demand, it will prioritise fuelling movement and down-regulate other physiological processes in order to conserve energy. Over-exercising, relative under-fuelling (intentional or unintentional), psychological stress or any combination of the three can lead to low energy availability.RED-S can result in a multitude of dysfunctions with signs and symptoms including frequent illness and injury, lack of or irregular menstruation, fatigue, decreased performance and training response, impaired concentration, stress fractures, cold intolerance, mood swings, weight loss, delayed puberty and decreased morning erections in men.
and decreased morning erections in men.
Is it better to get strong at a healthy weight (whatever that is) or calorie restrict and risk the consequences of RED-S?
but I realise now there was also an element of compulsive behaviour and using exercise as an emotional management tool.
Branding as ‘Red-s’ gives an opportunity for an industry to pop up around what appears to be already well recognised psychologically mediated sets of symptoms e.g disordered eating and compulsive / obsessional training. They’ll be some Red-s experts out there I’m sure. Life coaches in the wholistic sense.
The name RED-S is dualistic in that it reads as a physical illness, a collection of signs and symptoms.
Careful Dan you are starting to make sense.
The textbook is wrong RED-S is a nonsense diagnosis. Most likely made up by some sport scientist / coach collaboration who don’t want to call it what it is so they can still keep hammering the same old shit.
The desire for perfection based on a sense of self that’s ‘held’ by others is a common theme in restrictive eating disorders.
In this sense Salazar, Nike and society are one in the same. Under the illusion of free will the ‘athlete’ embraces their approach supported by the crowds desire to see performance and therefore experience themselves in this individual. Honnold and free solo is a good example of this in climbing, a bewildered man acting on motivations beyond his control for difficult to fully articulate reasons, held aloft by a community and idolised in this way. We all experienced a bit of what it was like to be him in the cinema. Some level of insight into this can offer a sense of freedom and opportunity to be more ‘yourself’. It’s clear many ‘great’ performances and endeavours have been undertaken in this way, smashey and nicey for example. I’d hazard that in the end the more driven and owned by the ‘other’ real person or abstraction (money, grades and it’s symbolism) the results are inevitably problematic for some if not all the people involved. Perfectionism exists because others make it so. This is a paradox in restrictive eating disorders and many other things, the society / government which is working so hard to ‘cure’ them is the very thing creating them e.g the education system
What happened Alex?*seemed like a reasonable thread to me all sides getting along, apart from that ged bloke seeing his arse about mental health / eating disorders.
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