A recent study has discovered that people who are suffering from eating disorders are 4 times more prone to getting addicted to exercise. Exercise addiction refers to being obsessed with fitness which has an adverse effect on the body or social life. The study was a part of the journal called 'Eating and Weight Disorders - Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity'.
The lead author of the study was Mike Trott from Anglia Ruskin University. He expressed, "It is known that those with eating disorders are more likely to display addictive personality and obsessive-compulsive behaviours. We are also aware that having an unhealthy relationship with food often means an increased amount of exercise, but this is the first time that a risk factor has been calculated."
He also added, "It is not uncommon to want to improve our lifestyles by eating healthier and doing more exercise, particularly at the start of the year. However, it is important to moderate this behaviour and not fall victim to 'crash diets' or anything that eliminates certain foods entirely, as these can easily lead to eating disorders."
The study revealed that people showing symptoms of any kind of eating disorder are precisely 3.7 times more likely to develop an addiction to working out. Over 2 thousand people were made part of the research which contained 9 studied. They were around the age of 25.
Trott concluded by mentioning, "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 exercises, such as fractures, increased rates of cardiovascular disease in younger patients, and increased overall mortality."