Great and personal article, Mason. This is something everyone should read. I can relate to it on a lot of levels — my family grew up very poor and we would often get shamed by our parents if we didn’t finish all the food off the plate. I wouldn’t say it’s an eating disorder, but my brother and I have trouble managing portions as a result and will often eat too much, and it’s not uncommon for the two of us to try to obsessively make the most bang out of our buck when we’re at buffets.

Similarly, the world of long-distance running is rife with eating disorders and the obsessiveness of staying below a certain weight to be fast. Women do have it worse and it seems to be a lot more pervasive, but somewhere in our minds, us men long-distance runners have a lot of concern about our bodies looking a certain way as runners, too.

Believer, Baltimore City special ed teacher, and 2:40 marathon runner. Diehard fan of “The Wire.” Email: Support me:

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