Eating is a vital process that helps the body in growth and development. One should eat clean to provide the necessary nutrition to the body. Abnormal eating or poor eating habits lead to eating disorders that hamper the mental health of a person. In the latest finding, eating disorders may ignite exercise addiction in a person! Those who showed symptoms of eating disorders are said to be at 3.7 times higher chances of developing exercise addiction as compared to others.
This is stated in a study published in the journal Eating and Weight Disorders – Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia, and Obesity. A team of researchers of the Anglia Ruskin University(ARU) conducted this study by collecting meta-analysis examined data of more than 2000 participants of different states including the USA, UK, Australia and Italy. Upon examining they found an interesting fact that people who have an eating disorder(s) are prone to develop exercise addiction.
Lead researcher Mike Trott, Ph.D. Scholar, Sports Science, Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), said: “It is known that those with eating disorders are more likely to display addictive personality and obsessive-compulsive behaviors. 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."
This research is first of its kind. Talking on exercise addiction, Mike Trott said, "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 behavior and not fall victim to ‘crash diets’ or anything that eliminates certain foods, 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 has 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," he added.
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