After years of an eating disorder, former University of Houston runner, Starla Garcia, aims for Olympic trials

Garcia said she was lucky that the university had resources for her to first accept, and then treat, her eating disorder — and they paid for it. Not all athletes at NCAA-regulated schools have that option, so many choose between treatment and other bills.

She believes her placement at the school was instrumental in how the rest of her life has developed — it was all right time, right place.

Garcia stayed in Houston during treatment and ended up earning her master’s degree and becoming a dietician, not a common occupation for Latinos, she noted.


Great story…wish it had received more local coverage. Unfortunately media outlets like kprc choose mainly to emphasize the perceived negative…such as the bogus soccer “mistreatment”.


If she was in 2:47 shape in June, she should easily be able to get under 2:45 if healthy and with good training. The California International Marathon is an easier course than Grandma’s and you are coming off better training in Oct/Nov than April/May in Houston.

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