“I hate the idea that there’s a runner’s body or a distance runner's body,” says professional runner and member of Bowerman Track Club, Emily Infeld. “Never try to look like anyone else other than your happy, healthy, fueled self. You will feel your fiercest and most confident when you’re energized, fueled well and running well.”
A study at Wright State University found that athletes like distance runners have higher rates of eating disorders compared to athletes of other sports. The study found that 46 percent of NCAA Division I female runners screened positive for disordered eating compared to 14 percent of male athletes.
These findings lead to startling realizations; that female athletes experience greater pressure around their body image than males, and that disordered eating and dysmorphic body image are an epidemic in the running industry.