Exercise Addiction/Overactivity Disorders

Exercise addiction or overactivity disorders can be diagnosed in patients who attempt to control their bodies and define their identity by overinvolvement in exercise activity. This overinvolvement often has addictive properties, thereby producing a rigid commitment to exercise routines, with symptoms of withdrawal when exercise is reduced or diminished. Experts estimate that at least 4% of Americans struggle with excessive exercise. While women are more often associated with eating disorders and a preoccupation with weight, it is men who are more likely ...

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