Compulsive exercise, often referred to as anorexia athletica, obligatory exercise, and exercise addiction, can be as severe as other eating disorders. In fact, compulsive exercise often occurs alongside other types of eating disorders, such as anorexia or bulimia. Exercising too much can eventually lead to injury, unsafe weight loss, and even malnutrition. As a result, those suffering from this disorder require appropriate compulsive exercise treatment.
For the average person, it can be difficult to tell the difference between someone that’s dedicated to fitness and someone with an exercise addiction. It’s important to keep an eye out for the following signs to know if you or your loved one has a problem:
Compulsive exercise can be serious and cause real and devastating health consequences such as:
Finding support for compulsive exercise and disordered eating can be a challenge, however the compassionate staff at Magnolia Creek is ready to help. We work hard to create a welcoming, safe environment that offers evidence-based treatment including: