Monday, September 25, 2006

Another Reason to be Glad You're a Lightweight

Researchers from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City will publish a study in the November issue of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease which suggests that cutting calories may halt or even reverse the symptoms of Alzheimer's.

Say, maybe that's why there's not a lightweight event at NCAAs - the heavyweights forgot!


Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, this is "laugh out loud" funny! Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, but I thought you said that lightweight rowing was for people of smaller stature. The goal lightweight athlete eats all she wants, because she is naturally at weight, and isn't cutting calories in order to be able to compete. That is the probalem with lightweight rowing: there is a stereotype that our athletes are only getting half as many calories as they need, and are being unhealthy. There should not be a place in this sport for the athletes who are not eating as much as their body requires.

JW Burk said...

Well, this was meant to be a humorous post, of course. Nonetheless, you raise a serious point - are true lightweight rowers only those women who can eat all they want and never worry about going over 130 pounds? I believe that true lightweights are also those women who hover around 132 to 133 (maybe even as high as 135) when watching what they eat and while on a reasonable exercise regimen. I'm willing to allow weight loss of 2 to 5 pounds to row lightweight. I include the conditions about exercise and eating because, although it is uncommon in the population at large, I believe that a reasonable person should be expected to exercise continuously for their entire life. I'm not talking about a walk around a golf course once a week, I'm talking about exercise. Likewise a reasonable person should watch what she eats for her entire life. This isn't an eating disorder, this is how a healthy person lives her life.

As I write this, I realize that this position could be controversial and a source of much discussion. Perhaps I'll pull this out into a general post in the next few days.

Anonymous said...

I agree with you. Rowing lightweight has taught me a lot about proper nutrition and exercise. I'm not a lightweight rower who can eat whatever I want and make weight. At first it took a lot of discipline, however, now I've formed healthy habits which will carry over beyond my college rowing career.