Exercise Bulimia: Dangerous Eating Disorder

Exercise Bulimia: Dangerous Eating Disorder

It is not a secret that regular exercises are useful for the health. Sports activities accelerate the metabolic processes, help be fit and are an excellent diseases prevention of diabetes, obesity and hypertension. But there is a natural question: how much time should be devoted to sports, so that not to harm oneself.


If the sport has become an obsession for you, and every day you “torture” yourself with jogging and power exercises, then you should know that there will be no benefit from such activity. Sometimes compulsive exercise can be just as dangerous as eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia. Those people, who try to lose as much calories per day as possible, behave like a bulimic. That is why such disorder has a special name: Exercise Bulimia.

Too much workload on the body leads to the production of a large number of free radicals and affect the metabolic processes. And on hot days, intensified workouts can result in dehydration. If the person does sports to burn calories for eating binges, it is possible to say that he suffers from exercise bulimia.

What Are The Symptoms Of Exercise Bulimia?

As a rule, people do not immediately realize that it is time to slow down. Usually it takes ф couple of months before the symptoms of overtraining and exercise bulimia become evident.

But actually, it is easy to determine exercise addiction:
• the person spends in the gym more time than with friends and family;
• trainings becomes more intense and longer;
• the patient persistently does not notice the problem, continuing to explain his behavior as the desire to be healthy.

With physical activity, the endorphins (hormones of pleasure) are produced, therefore fitness acts as a drug, alcohol or gambling. A man goes to the gym for a dose of endorphins again and again. In addition, people try to heal personal problems of loneliness, family quarrels or divorce with the help of compulsive exercises.

Formally, exercise bulimia can be distinguished if the person spends more than 5 hours a week in the gym. However there are other signs of fitness addiction.
• A man feels guilty for missing a workout.
• A man tries to move more if he has missed a workout.
• The mood depends on whether a man has trained today or not.
• Even if a man feels tired, he forces himself to go to workouts.
• A man avoids working and family responsibilities in order to go to training.
• A man strives to spend all the calories he gets with food.
• A man continues trainings despite of the trauma or illness.
• A man has a firm intention to adhere to an obsessive and regulated mode of workouts.
• A person does not take any rest or recovery days.

Compulsive exercising has to do with control, much the same way people with eating disorders use food as a way to take control of their lives.

The Danger Of Exercise Bulimia

Compulsive exercises have some side effects that seriously affect the body:

• There are sleep troubles and disturbed sleep cycles. A man hardly wakes up in the morning, he can sleep for 12-14 hours, and from time to time he is disturbed by insomnia.
• A man suffers from emotional imbalance, which is expressed in a frequent change of mood, irritability and sudden aggression.
• After a while, there is a gradual loss of strength and energy.
• People are more likely to develop acute respiratory viral diseases, and the healing process lasts longer than usual.
• A clear sign of overtraining is weight loss that may cause serious problems.
• Dehydration.
• Osteoporosis.
• Sterility.
• People suffering from exercise bulimia experience a withdrawal syndrome after a missed workout: the head hurts, the body whines.
• Loss of appetite.

How To Cope With A Problem?

Psychologists advise to limit training to 5 hours per week and stop worrying about the fact that you still have free time. You should have other hobbies that are not related to physical activity and be sure to include them in your schedule. Well, the most important thing on the way to getting rid of fitness dependence is the realization that any sport will save you from the need to eat rationally and in a balanced way.