last week Dagbladet wrote and mapped diet stress and eating problems Which followed on the heels of Norway becoming the best country in the world for cross-country skiing in the early 1980s.
Through qualitative surveys of 31 out of 40 runners, and measurements of bone density of former national team players, Dagbladet was able to reveal methodological problems in the period between 1978 and 1986.
35 percent of national team runners in the survey admitted to eating disorders during their ski career, 42% talked about the pressures of dieting from the management of the national teamWhile 70 percent said they missed their period.
Dagbladet’s bone density measurement showed that 6 out of 9 of those we measured had or had osteoporosis or osteoporosis.
Among them is head skating Eric Rosti.
– They are powerful stories they tell, and I must say they are brave people who stand out. It can’t be easy, and I respect them a lot. I want to thank them for that, because these are important stories to provide that will contribute to increased knowledge, ski head Eric Rosti tells Dagbladet.
Røste himself has a background from a cross-country environment, and became a coach for the national team as early as 1990. The figure skating head stresses that knowledge about eating disorders became much better in the late 1980s and post-90s.
However, the stories told in Dagbladet last week were a wake-up call to him and all Ski-Norge residents.
At the same time I thank them for their excellence, I would also like to apologize, on behalf of the Norwegian Skating Association, to those who have had negative experiences with our national teams. Rusty says he’s in place, even though it’s been a long time.
In 2020, Dagbladet received an anonymous letter about alleged and widespread problems with disordered eating behavior up and down the classes in Norwegian cross-country skiing. Many in the community spoke loosely of the same thing. But those were just individual allegations and stories. No one has researched this field in 16 years.
Was it really that bad? We wanted to investigate. For nearly a year, Dagbladet, using new journalistic methods and through hundreds of human encounters, has investigated the extent of disordered eating and eating disorders in our national cross-country ski and biathlon sport.
We performed extensive and certified x-ray measurements, hormonal testing and psychological testing for documentation. We have also studied the long-term effects of several years of nutritional deficiencies among athletes. Dagbladet also used proprietary technology and analyzed large amounts of data in the search for answers.
What we found didn’t just confirm the rumours. It was much worse.
Experts say the results are grim. In the coming weeks and months, we’ll be telling a completely unknown story about Norway’s national sport – and documenting it.
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