oa South African Journal of Sports Medicine - Noakes notes: A runner's perspective on obesity

Volume 14, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1015-5163
  • E-ISSN: 2078-516X



I have a perpetual concern about my weight. I am either too fat or too thin. My medical colleagues, for example, consider me to be too thin. Elite runners, on the other hand, see me as a potential Sumo wrestler. Why is it then that I am apparently unable to lose sufficient weight to become as thin as my elite running friends? The traditional answer is, of course, that I eat far too much for the amount of exercise I take.

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