Eating Disorders and Overtraining

Resources for Anorexia, Bulimia, and Compulsive Exercise

Definitions

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."

Compulsive Exercise- "Best defined by an exercise addict's frame of mind: they no longer chooses to exercise but feels compelled to do so and struggles with guilt and anxiety if they don't work out."


More detailed information on:

Addicted to Exercise
Eating and Body Dysmorphic Disorders: Crash Course Psychology #33

Facts

  1. Compulsive exercise is similar to anorexia and bulimia in the way that a single facet of how you view yourself starts to completely take over your behavior.
  2. Symptoms of compulsive exercise can include an elevated resting heart rate, insomnia, and deteriorating physical performance.
  3. Many girls who over-exercise lose their menstrual periods.
  4. Resting from a workout is half the workout and is needed for muscles to repair themselves and become stronger.
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