Next up: New Zealand and Jo Lawn—Ironman athlete

The warped-body-image pandemic

On our surprise trip around the world this month, let’s venture down under, shall we?

Thirty-six-year-old athlete Jo Lawn just won her seventh Ironman New Zealand, reports The New Zealand Herald. She swam 2.4 miles, biked 112 miles and ran 26.2 miles—all in nine hours, 14 minutes and 35 seconds.

You’d think she’d be more concerned with strength than skinniness. And yet, not too long ago, reports the Herald:

Lawn had a body image problem. She was so obsessed about her weight she hardly ate and ran away from sugar like it was chasing her. …

“A lot of females worry what they look like,” she said. “That was part of the equation. But in Ironman you have to be strong. Ultimately, looks are nothing.”

Coming in second last year “and a major bout of fatigue” helped bring her to her senses, according to the Herald. “Now I follow my instinct,” she says. “If I want KFC, I am going to have KFC, not a chicken roll.”

“Ironman is a rough sport and you think that’s the reason you feel like crap all the time,” she said. “But you shouldn’t feel like that all the time if you put the right nutrients in, rest and are healthy.

By the way, Lawn has an amazing athlete’s body of pure muscle. (Here’s a picture.)

So far this month, we’ve heard from India, Japan and New Zealand in the warped-body-image war. Who’s next? Want to make a guess?

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