Overtraining and Eating Disorders

by Ivy Harrison

Anorexia

an emotional disorder characterized by an obsessive desire to lose weight by refusing to eat.

Bulimia

an emotional disorder involving distortion of body image and an obsessive desire to lose weight, in which bouts of extreme overeating are followed by depression and self-induced vomiting, purging, or fasting.

Overtraining

The main goal when an individual is suffering from compulsive exercise can be burning calories, relieving the guilt from eating/bingeing, or to give them the permission to eat.
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Facts:

-Almost 50% of people with eating disorders meet the criteria for depression

- Crude Mortality Rate is measured at 4% for anorexia nervosa

- Significantly higher rates of eating disorders found in elite athletes (20%), than in a female control group (9%)

- An estimated 10-15% of people with anorexia or bulimia are male