The secret of the 'heaving bowl' – how jockeys make weight
October 23rd, 2012
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From the moment the ancient Greeks held the first Olympics 2,700 years ago, our picture perfect image of elite sportsmen has revolved around the oiled, ripped, macho body.

But not all our leading sports stars fit the stereotypical bill of chest-thumping demigods.

Some, such as jockeys, instead go to extreme lengths to stunt their growth - sometimes down to the size of a pre-pubescent child.

In an industry where just a few extra pounds can rule you out of a multi-million dollar race, jockeys are put under enormous pressure to meet miniature weight requirements.

In the U.S the minimum riding weight is 53kg - around the average size of a 14 to 15-year-old boy.

And for the rider desperate to shed a crucial pound before a competition, one seemingly drastic option may be to purge themselves in a specially designed "heaving bowl".

Read - A weighty issue: Hidden world of jockey heaving bowls

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Filed under: Diets • Eating Disorders • Health News • Sports

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  1. Required

    you wrote an article about an are an idot.

    October 23, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
    • Jerv

      I know your are but what am I?

      October 23, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • What's an idot?

      In this day and age of the web, where links are no longer the parts that make up a chain, what's the harm in writing an intro to an article you think is worth bringing attention to?

      Awww. Did mommy kick you out of the basement again? Poor baby.

      October 24, 2012 at 7:03 am |
      • Jerv@What's an idot?--LOL! Too funny.

        Urban Dictionary

        1. idot 62 up, 21 down
        A person that comes onto a message board or enters a chat room with the sole intention of insulting its members. This person then goes on to demonstrate their stupidity by spelling idiot as idot and moron as moran.

        Wyandotte Wusscat is one such idot and moran.

        I can't believe the guy that was in here the other day, he was an idot AND a moran.

        October 24, 2012 at 7:33 am |
        • d

          HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Idot. That's poetic justice.

          October 24, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
        • PInstripes67

          Delivery aside, failed or otherwise, the original comment has a legitimate point. Laziest 'article" I have seen in a while. Six sentences spaced as paragraphs and then a link to the actual article? This is the aerogel. Come on, now. Good lord.

          October 26, 2012 at 11:13 am |
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