2. Con: Urge to Purge
Due to the designated time frame of weight loss competitions, the desire for quick fat loss sometimes overpowers the desire for healthy fat loss. In addition, competitions for fat loss can cause a preoccupation with food, exercise, and body weight.
From anorexia and bulimia to orthorexia (an unhealthy focus on healthy eating) and exercise addiction, weight loss competitions can serve as a catalyst for mental and physical illness. Even if the contestant doesn’t show signs of eating and exercise disorders, the average weight loss competitor will be making the necessary caloric restrictions to lose the weight as fast as possible.