Struggling With An Eating Disorder as a Male Wrestler

While wrestling is a fantastic form of physical activity and can make men feel that they are a part of a team, there are many body and emotional issues that usually arise as a result of being on a team. When I was a freshman in high school, I was new to my school and quickly became friends with a nice kid who shared similar interests in fantasy football and NBA basketball. The first trimester flew by and I became very close with him.

However, when the second trimester started, wrestling season started for him. At the start, he would complain about cutting which is when a wrestler needs to make weight by starving themselves and exercising constantly. My friend needed to cut 15 pounds to be able to compete in his weight class assigned by the coach. He would show up to school with 5 packs of gum and finish them by the end of the day. 

Over the course of his wrestling season, I noticed that his mood would change wildly and he became very mean to me in an instant. As a result, I became distant from him and felt lonely. I did not realize how bad his situation was due to the intense effects of cutting for his wrestling weight class.

Although I have not discussed with my friend the repercussions of cutting on whether or not he eats enough, he has acknowledged that his mood is really poor during wrestling season. I did not experience cutting myself, but I have always wondered how all of these boys have not developed some type of eating disorder.

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