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Exercise Bulimia: Addicted to Excercising

by | Addiction, Conditions and Disorders, Eating disorders

Home Addiction Exercise Bulimia: Addicted to Excercising

Exercise bulimia is often difficult to detect in a society where fitness and exercise is praised. Jackie Holms, director and founder of Casa Serena Eating Disorders believes exercise bulimia, also known as exercise addiction, has always been present in our society. However, the disease has become more pronounced due to our country’s latest fitness craze. From actresses to soccer moms, everyone looks to push their work out routines to the next level. Exercise addiction can be a fine line, because medical doctors, psychologists, and therapists encourage their patients to exercise to release endorphins and maintain health.
Exercise bulimia can be detected by some of the feelings a person relates to exercising. For example, someone who is healthy and enjoys fitness wouldn’t mind skipping a day’s exercise routine if they were sick, injured, or busy. On the other hand, a person suffering from exercise bulimia would experience guilt and anxiety if they were to skip a work out.
Exercise bulimia involves burning calories through excessive exercise. The effects and symptoms experienced by someone with exercise bulimia can be extremely scary. Holms notes that she has seen people suffer from amenorrhea, anxiety, drop in protein levels, osteoporosis, and fatigue. Intense exercise bulimia could result in a life or death situation.
There is a chance for people to recover from this psychological disease. It is suggested to see a therapist to work on some of the under lying issues that led to the disorder. According to Holms, many people suffering from exercise bulimia have issues regarding codependency. It is also encouraged to see a nutritionist to learn healthy eating habits and the proper amount of calories one should consume in a day. Unlike alcohol or drugs, exercise can not be completely removed from one’s life. After about three months of sustaining from exercise, a monitored patient can ease themselves back into a safe and healthy exercise routine.