[sumo] Question somewhat related to death of rikishi
philnorm at webtv.net
Sat Jun 30 14:16:53 EDT 2007
I see what you are getting at and I agree with you. I think there would be many surprises for us if the tests you suggest would be preformed.
From: Mike Charlton
Sent: Saturday, June 30, 2007 9:35 AM
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Subject: Re: [sumo] Question somewhat related to death of rikishi
On 6/30/07, Philip Sherman <philnorm at webtv.net> wrote:
> Using body builders, power lifters, Olympic lifters, strongman competitors, is not a good comparison.
I freely admit that bodybuilders et al can suffer from a host of health problems
due to their activities. My only point was to say that using BMI as
of obesity doesn't work well for strength oriented athletes. They are *very*
heavy for their height, but not necessarily obese. The problems that arise
from obesity are not necessarily the same as those for steroid use, high
protein/low carb diet, etc, etc.
I just wanted to nip a potential argument in the bud with respect to
rikishi obesity. While I'll bet that every single sekitori is obese
by BMI, I'll wager that a large proportion are *not* obese when measured
by body fat percentage. I don't have enough information to comment on
their health relative to the general population, though.
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