Why Media Comments Matter

We wanted to share this seriously powerful podcast on the topic of body comments in the media with Project RED-S ambassador, Jessie Diggins. Jessie is a multiple-time cross country skiing Olympic medalist but beyond that, a truly inspirational role model. Following her recent success at the Beijing Olympics, she was the subject of a controversial New York Times article which suggested she looked “like a sprite in her racing suit,” and compared her physique to her competitors’ who had “massive shoulders and thighs.”

Together with Rachel Perkins at FasterSkier, she discussed some of the conversations sparked by this comment, surrounding how athletes of all ages, gender and sports are portrayed by the media. 

A quote we've picked out to whet your appetite: 

“I would love for there to be greater understanding and conversation around the topic. I feel like I’m in an interesting position because this was exactly the kind of thing that can and did hurt me, when I was 18 years old and developing an eating disorder. Now I’m on the other side, with people writing about my body in a way that is hurting other people. So it’s a weird full circle and I think it’s important to talk about it.”

We're so proud to have Jessie on the team, helping to fly the flag for Project RED-S in the US. She shares the message:

"Today, I am a happy, balanced athlete and human because of the help I received in recovering from my eating disorder, and the work that has gone into learning how to fuel and take care of my body. Honouring its hunger cues, listening to what it needs and enjoying food without any restrictions or rules has helped me create a long career without injuries or long recovery times. It has helped me push through big training loads, enjoy epic adventures and feel confident in the strength and endurance of my body when stepping up to the start line. 

However, this wasn’t always the case for me. If you’re struggling with figuring out how to eat enough to support the energy demands of your sport, I can honestly say from the bottom of my heart that asking for help with RED-S is worth the time and effort. It’s the single most important thing you can do not only to protect your career, but your lifelong health and happiness so you can enjoy a healthy relationship with food and sport."