Have you ever heard young female athletes discussing their body weight with each other? I did recently and it got me thinking about the topic. I found a very interesting article written by Becca Borawski Jenkins, a female athlete, editor and coach, that I would encourage everybody to share with their daughters: 144lbs: Why Female Athletes Should Toss the Scale and Get a New Perspective.
The subject of weight is often a very emotional topic for girls. Her brief article explains why female athletes should stop focusing on their weight. She tells you why the BMI calculators and doctors ideal weight charts are essentially meaningless for athletes.
In this photo (left) she writes, "I weighed 143lbs in this photo. And by the way, I’m 5’5” - clearly I was a good twenty pounds overweight, right? Does that look like what you think 143lbs looks like?"
This is a well written brief article I hope you make the time to read and share with your daughters and/or other athletic girls/women you think may benefit from reading it.
144lbs: Why Female Athletes Should Toss the Scale and Get a New Perspective, by Becca Borawski Jenkins. Photos courtesy of BreakingMuscle.com.