Seven Sins: Gluttony: The Athletes Excuse

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Cheeto Puffs are among favorites for athletes seeking a little junk.

Kinglsey Wang

Cheeto Puffs are among favorites for athletes seeking a little junk.
Cheeto Puffs are among favorites for athletes seeking a little junk.
When he retired for the first time, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps was exuberant; he could finally be reunited with his true love: popcorn. However, many athletes do not even wait for this glorious reunion to come after their career, since they mainly embrace it whenever they feel like regardless of what their body tells them. As a result, these athletes are prone to one of the seven deadly sins: gluttony.

According to junior Aaron Lopes, an athlete who has been on the MVHS basketball, volleyball and cross country teams, believes that he knows why athletes eat some junk.

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However, this standpoint alone brings up another issue: why would athletes reward themselves with something that harms their body?

Junior Ann Marie Manley and Junior Aaron Lopes. Photo taken by Kingsley Wang
Junior Ann Marie Manley and Junior Aaron Lopes. Photo taken by Kingsley Wang

According to junior Ann Marie Manley, who has been a member of the MVHS varsity softball team since her freshman year, the minor setbacks physically could bring a huge boost mentally, as the huge surplus of motivation athletes receive just by such a small treat could have a huge payoff.

“If I was working out and I wanted a cookie, I would sometimes motivate myself to do one more set [of an exercise] so I can reward myself with a cookie afterwards,” Manley said. “On the surface, a cookie is not going to do anything. I mean it’s just a cookie. But that one extra set maybe will come in handy down the road.”

However, Manley also notes that athletes definitely do have the opportunity to rid themselves of this gluttony through motivation to eat healthy.

“Sometimes, when I think about rewarding myself with junk food, I end up feeling bad in the end,” said Manley.“So I end up eating healthy for a long period of time because I do not want to spoil what I currently have built up.”