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A weight issue: Jockey diets

Published 8:41 AM ET, Tue October 23, 2012
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Jockeys line up for weighing ahead of the Melbourne Cup. Getty Images
Sweat suits, saunas, hot baths and starvation are still in use in the racing industry. Though there is a growing movement to change it. Getty Images
The minimum riding weight in the U.S. is 53kg. Getty Images
A hungry, dizzy rider on a 450kg horse galloping at 64km, poses a danger to everyone on the track, PJA medical adviser, Anna-Louise MacKinnon, said. Getty Images
Nine-time Epsom Derby winner Lester Piggott weighs in, 1980. Dietary education has greatly improved in Britain in the last 20 years. Getty Images
Australian jockey Scobie Breasley's weight is measured in sultanas in 1959. Riders must follow strict low-calorie diets to keep their weight down. Getty Images
British jockey Steve Donoghue is weighed before a race in 1930. Getty Images
At 178cm, British jockey Fred Archer was one of the tallest on the field in the 19th Century, and struggled to keep his weight down. The strain was partly blamed for his suicide in 1886, aged 29. Getty Images