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What is Female Athlete Triad?

from U.S. News &World Report

It started innocently enough.

Nan Zhu, a 14-year-old high school freshman at the time, signed up for the school's crew team and wanted to perform her best. At 5 feet 3 inches small – "I wasn't really built to be a rower," she says – Zhu felt she had to work harder than her more height-gifted teammates. So she gave it her all during practice and started learning about healthy eating for the first time.

"I really wanted to train to just be good and be on the team and do well," says Zhu, now a 24-year-old medical student at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in New York.

Then, it got out of hand.

In addition to training two hours each weekday with the team, Zhu also clocked at least two hours of exercise nightly on her own, running or hitting the gym after finishing her homework. She turned down invitations to the mall or amusement park because she worried she wouldn't have enough time to work out. more


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