When she first started gymnastics at the age of eight, Joy Koh recalls being mesmerised by cartwheels and splits. But she was soon hit with a reality check. The constant abuse even caused her to develop a host of eating disorders, from body dysmorphia to bulimia.
Subscribing to the “no pain, no gain” mindset, her coaches would body shame her and push her beyond her limits, the 36-year-old tells AsiaOne
“If a child is crying and puking, it’s correct [to them], because the more pain you’re in, the more progress there is,” she says of her coaches.
Now an accomplished coach herself, Joy says she’s determined not to let her students go through the same thing.