Overtraining and Eating Disorders

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Anorexia: An eating disorder characterized by an abnormally low body weight, intense fear of gaining weight and a distorted perception of body weight.

Bulimia: An eating disorder characterized by binging and purging, or consuming a large amount of food in a short amount of time followed by an attempt to rid oneself of the food consumed (purging), typically by vomiting.

Overtraining: Engaging in excessive training to the point where it damages your body.

Facts About Eating Disorders and Overtraining

  • Men who participate in sports are more likely to form eating disorders
  • Treatment is successful in only 60% of cases
  • Relapse is very common after remission
  • 1-2% of Americans have some kind of eating disorders
Eating and Body Dysmorphic Disorders: Crash Course Psychology #33

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