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What? Japanese marathoner avoids prison for shoplifting charge after claiming running related bulimia caused her to do it
Yumiko Hara who was 6th at the 2005 Worlds and has a 2:23 marathon pb was arrested for stealing about $23 worth of goods from a convenience store. She got a one year jail term but it was suspended for 3 years meaning she won't have to go to jail if she is law abiding for 3 years.

Check out her excuse. Can someone explain to me how bulimia causes shoplifting?

Tokyo reporter wrote:

The defense argued that restrictions placed on her body weight during her career caused her to suffer from bulimia, a condition that led to her becoming a shoplifter. It added that a settlement had been reached with the operator of the convenience store./


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