The percentage of body fat that athletes are told to reach, according to The Oregon, is often dangerously low. As American Council on Exercise, Healthy Range The percentage of body fat for female athletes is 14 to 20 percent. One nutritionist told her that her DEXA survey showed her body fat to be 16 percent, and a nutritionist told her to consider lowering it to 13 percent. Another athlete was told that she would not be allowed to compete in off-field sports until her body weight was less than 12 percent. Four of the athletes interviewed said that team members who did not hit the required body fat percentage by coaches often had to do more cross-training.

Jimmy Stanton, Oregon’s Senior Associate Athletics Director, told me that the DEXA survey was “an option for student-athletes, and individual results should not be shared with coaches.” Johnson added that the allegations against body fat metrics were “incorrect.”

Scientists who study runners generally engage in long-distance events a Low body weight And Percentage of body fat It can perform more efficiently. But this study must be balanced with other issues. Proper body fat levels are essential to staying healthy and competing effectively, such as long-distance running.

I spoke to Meghann Featherstun, a registered dietitian who works with endurance athletes, and asked if such a low fat percentage would be appropriate for women competing in endurance sports. In an all-encompassing statement, she echoed the US House of Representatives’ statement that “female athletes want to have a certain percentage of body fat in order to maintain normal hormonal function,” as we know. All aspects of health – including bone health.

In women, too low body fat can lead to menorrhea or loss of menstruation, which can have serious consequences for bone strength, fertility and overall health. In fact, the athlete, who showed her DEXA scan to be 16 percent fat, told the Oregon that she had not had her period for more than a year – a fact that the dietitian knew.

Festerson also told me that there is no reason for a very low body fat percentage to be better for every athlete, because some runners may perform better than a slightly higher body fat percentage than others. She added that over-focusing on body fat percentage contributes to poor performance as athletes try to eat to hit their “goal” percentage. “A good runner is a fast runner. If runners run out of energy and lead to low power supply, their performance will suffer.

And while it is thought to be focused on “information,” Oregon’s athletes seem to be on the mend. One woman reported that Johnson asked her if she was on contraception during her elementary exercise because he said, “Well, I noticed Dalesh is expanding, and that comes with things like that.” While Johnson did not respond to the allegations, he told the newspaper that if an athlete asked about birth control, he would only consult a UO doctor about using a weight-free side effect.