Haley and Hanna Cavinder, twins who played for the Miami Hurricanes women’s basketball team, got candid about their struggle with eating habits in a video posted to YouTube Friday.
The twins chose to post the video June 2, World Eating Disorders Action Day.
Haley Cavinder and Hanna Cavinder of the Miami Hurricanes during pregame at the Sweet 16 of the 2023 NCAA Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena March 24, 2023, in Greenville, S.C. (Jacob Kupferman/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)
The video takes viewers through their journey to prioritize their health.
“Something that Hanna and I have been struggling with for years now, as you guys can kind of see by the title of this video, is our eating habits,” Haley Cavinder said in a January recording.
“It started getting very toxic with, ‘We need to eat … a certain amount of calories a day,’” Hanna added. “But we’re burning so many calories. We’re not in-taking enough.”
Haley Cavinder (14) and Hanna Cavinder (15) of the Miami Hurricanes sit on the bench during the second half against the Villanova Wildcats in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena March 24, 2023, in Greenville, S.C. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
The twins hired a nutritionist in January to prioritize their health.
The two turned to Kathryne “Kat” Padgett, a dietitian who helped the two athletes increase their calorie and carbohydrate intake.
Haley Cavinder and Hanna Cavinder attend a game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Phoenix Suns at Crypto.com Arena April 20, 2023, in Los Angeles. (Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
“Their maintenance calories, the amount of calories to maintain their body weight, was found to be at 2,300 calories on average for their activity level as collegiate athletes,” Padgett said in the video. “What they were actually eating was pretty astounding.
The twins graduated from Miami in May and chose not to pursue a fifth year of NCAA eligibility.