Adam Rippon shares horrifying details of his extreme dieting.CREDIT: ADAM RIPPON INSTAGRAM
Body image and figure skating can be a dangerous combo as Adam Rippon has shared. Speaking to the New York Times, Adam gave details on how he kept so slim – and apparently, his story is not isolated as many athletics feel the pressure to stay thin.
Karen Crouse, the author of the of the NYT piece, wrote how the skater, in 2016, endured a daily diet of just three slices of whole wheat toasted bread, topped with just I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter and three cups of coffee, which he sweetened with Splenda.
The out Olympian said that it makes him feel “dizzy” thinking about the diet, revealing, “I looked around and saw my competitors, they’re all doing these quads, and at the same time they’re a head shorter than me, they’re 10 years younger than me and they’re the size of one of my legs.”
According to Adam, when he was 10, he said that his coach told his mother that he would never be able to execute advanced jumps due to his “heavy bottom”.
Fortunately, his mother, herself a former dancer, recognised her son’s relationship with food and sat him down to talk about sensible eating.
He now weighs a healthier 10 pounds heavier than he did in 2016.