It has been a real inspiration and thrill to watch the elite athletes of the world compete at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Over the last couple of weeks, we have enjoyed watching a wide range of sports, from swimming, to basketball, to gymnastics, to track & field, and so much more.
Take a moment and consider the variation in body shapes and sizes amongst this year’s incredible athletes:
Each of these sports have a fierce demand for the highest level of physical ability, the nature of which is unique to each individual sport. Some require intense upper body strength, while others are more lower body oriented; some high anaerobic capacity; others are all about endurance.
I see a similar diversity in body shape and size in the athletes in my clinical practice as an endocrinologist: marathoners, crossfitters, cyclists, swimmers, football players, and so many others. The sad reality is that those who are of larger body size will often tell me that they feel judged and assumed to be inactive or ‘lazy’ based on their shape and size by people who have absolutely no idea what that person is all about.
There is no more poignant reminder than watching these incredible Olympic athletes to never judge a book by its cover.