They may be used to advertise sportswear and supplements, but Wimbledon champions or Olympic gold medallists shouldn’t be our models for health.
Athlete. Even the pronunciation of the word makes it sound lofty – the first syllable rising up and hovering around the teeth before the second lands – victorious, grounded, confident. But, while we may well marvel at the skill, strength and fitness of those currently playing at Wimbledon or competing at the upcoming Olympic Games, we shouldn’t assume that they are healthy.
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