The diet of one a 16-year-old performer at Shanghai Circus World is photographed and listed out in the new book What I Eat, a tome chronicling interesting people and… what they happen to eat.
Surprisingly, considering stories you usually hear of starving gymnasts, the teen acrobat’s diet actually sounds pretty hefty. Food Gal lists it out:
…the 99-pound, 5-foot-2-inch Chinese acrobat (top photo) buys yogurt, European-style cakes and fruit for breakfast, then has a hefty lunch of deep-fried pork ribs, noodles, tea-cooked egg, stir-fried cucumber, rice and a salty vegetable broth with green onion in the Shanghai Circus World Employee Cafeteria. The 16-year-old doesn’t eat dinner because most days, she’s performing in a nightly show. Typically, she practices five hours a day and performs seven nights a week. In all, she consumed 1,700 calories that particular day.
1,700 calories! Granted, that’s probably on the low side considering all the energy burnt from training to lift herself up with one hand and performing in a circus show Sunday to Saturday, but still – so much nicer than hearing about a diet that consists of “fruit salad.”