Overtraining and Eating Disorders

Ethan Williams

Let's talk about bad stuff.

Anorexia - A medical condition characterized by a lack or loss of appetite for food, usually due to an obsessive desire to lose weight. There are two types: Restrictive, which simply restricts calorie intake to only a few hundred a day or just water, and Binge-Eating/Purging, a dangerous type where the individual feels guilty about eating and vomits or exercises in a vicious cycle.

Some warning signs include deliberate self-starvation, intense fear of weight gain, sensitivity to cold, and hair loss.

To learn more: http://www.helpguide.org/mental/anorexia_signs_symptoms_causes_treatment.htm

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Bulimia - A medical condition characterized by insatiable overeating, involving a distorted body image and bouts of overeating followed by depression and self-induced vomiting, purging, or fasting.

Bulimia-related purging can result in a loss of valuable minerals and nutrients, creating irregular heartbeats and an increase in the potential for heart failure and death. Because of their binge-purge cycle, victims of Bulimia often maintain normal body weights, so it is difficult for outsiders to spot this condition.

To learn more: http://www.helpguide.org/mental/bulimia_signs_symptoms_causes_treatment.htm

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Overtraining - Training too hard or for too long, past the point of healthiness.

This condition is a rare psychological state mostly found in competitive athletes, but it is still possible to experience as a normal citizen. Typical signs include insomnia, fatigue, headaches, elevated morning pulse, and decreased resistance to colds, sore throats, and other illnesses.

To learn more: http://www.active.com/health/articles/what-is-overtraining

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Moderation is the key.

If you can't do it on your own, get support. You've only got one body, so ruining it isn't the best way to maintain it, or to improve it.

Best of luck,
Ethan Williams