I copied the post title from Google Analytics mere moments ago. Someone found my blog searching google for the answer as to why olympic athletes are chubby. I'm guessing my blog came up due to last week's post on the Australian swimmer Liesel Jones.
It's sad commentary really, that people think that Olympic athletes are chubby. It seems that anyone on TV with any amount of visible body fat is labelled as chubby or fat. Even Olympic althletes with muscles are targets.
Is this what happens when a model thin body shape is favored, praised, overvalued and seen in the media above all other body shapes? Thin is in for the movies, in TV programming, in the magazines and on the internet. Has the lack of body shape diversity completely eroded our tolerance for other body types in the media? Is this why Olympic athletes with athletic bodies built for their sport are labelled as chubby?
Athletes train for a lifetime for their Olympic moments and to become the best in their sport. Physical training transforms your body, makes it strong, makes it muscular. Different people will develop muscles and body tone in different ways depending on their sport, genetics and eating habits.
Even though muscles burn more calories and athletes have different nutritional needs than the rest of us, I think it is an unrealistic standard to expect anyone (athletes included) to eat perfectly all the time; the right foods in the exact amount.
So if you are wondering why Olympic athletes are chubby, my response to you is to ask yourself 1) what does it matter if an athlete is chubby or not and 2) what makes you think that Olympic athletes are chubby in the first place?