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Erin Konheim Mandras: Athletes and Eating Disorders
Former women’s soccer player talks about her battle with anorexia
To the casual fan seated at DeMartin Stadium for an MSU women’s soccer game in the mid-2000s, Erin Konheim Mandras appeared to be as solid as could be.
Good soccer player, great student, unparalleled leader — she had a lot going for her. By the time her career wrapped up at MSU, Mandras left as the program’s all-time leader in assists with 23. To this day, she’s tied for the most starts in MSU women’s soccer history with 79 and is tied for third in games played at 80.
She was, and still is in many ways, the iron woman of MSU women’s soccer.
What the casual fan couldn’t see, though, was at the same time Mandras was navigating her way through a successful collegiate soccer career, she was also wrestling with a severe medical problem — one that almost saw her world crumble apart.
Mandras was becoming anorexic. [CONTINUE READING…]
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