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The Link Between Exercise Addiction & Eating Disorders

As important as it is to manage your weight with a healthy diet, exercise regimen, and supplements such as Phentermine 37.5 mg, there can be too much of a good thing. A recent study connects exercise addiction to eating disorders, including bulimia, anorexia, and obesity. Learn about this study from Anglia Ruskin University as part of your commitment to healthy weight loss and management. It was published in the journal Eating and Weight Disorders.

Addictive Personalities

Research shows that people with eating disorders are almost four times more likely to have exercise addictions than those without them.

“It is known that those with eating disorders are more likely to display addictive personality and obsessive-compulsive behaviors,” says Mike Trott of Anglia Ruskin University, a researcher in the school’s Sport Science department. “We are also aware that having an unhealthy relationship with food often means an increased amount of exercising, but this is the first time that a risk factor has been calculated.”

Eating Disorders & Unhealthy Relationships With Exercise

“It is not uncommon to want to improve our lifestyles by eating healthier and doing more exercise, particularly at the start of the year,” notes Trott. “However, it is important to moderate this behavior and not fall victim to ‘crash diets’ or anything that eliminates certain foods entirely, as these can easily lead to eating disorders.

“Our study shows that displaying signs of an eating disorder significantly increases the chance of an unhealthy relationship with exercise, and this can have negative consequences, including mental health issues and injury.

“Health professionals working with people with eating disorders should consider monitoring exercise levels as a priority, as this group have been shown to suffer from serious medical conditions as a result of excessive exercise, such as fractures, increased rates of cardiovascular disease in younger patients, and increased overall mortality.”

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