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Teen athlete Jessica Lindsay dies after following common diet and fitness weight-loss technique in lead up to big competition

Mirror logo Mirror 09/02/2018 Zoe Forsey
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Jessica Lindsay was just like any other teenager.

She was a happy and healthy university student who loved hanging out with her friends and family.

And there was another passion in her life, Muay Thai - a type of boxing which originates in Thailand.

The 18-year-old was getting ready for her second big fight, and was determined to qualify for the 64kg weight division.

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However the common weightloss technique she used to prepare, known as weight-cutting, cost her her life, reports The Project.

Her heartbroken mum has issued a desperate warning to others who do the same thing.

Weight-cutting is a way to temporarily lose or gain weight quickly so competitors can complete in certain weight categories, usually by loading the body up with water, fasting or vomiting.

Jessica, who lived in Perth, Australia, wore a rubber jacket during workouts in high temperatures in a bid to lose weight quicker.

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The heat caused her organs to begin shutting down.

Half an hour before her weigh-in the day before her big fight, Jessica went out for a run with her little sister Grace and collapsed.

She was in a coma for four days, before her devastated family agreed to turn off her life-support.

Her tearful mum Sharron told Australian TV show The Project: "I apologise all the time.

"I am so sorry to my baby because I should have been there to protect her. I couldn't protect her if I didn't know either.

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"I want everyone to be educated and aware that this isn't acceptable anymore."

The programme's medic an expert Dr Bridie O’Donnell said it’s extremely important that athletes tell the people around them which weight-loss techniques they are using.

The preliminary cause of death has been reported as extreme dehydration.

Weight-cutting is a common practice used in boxing, wrestling and mixed martial arts.

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