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What is exercise bulimia?

By August 20, 2014 - 1:35pm
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Hi Kelly! 

Great question - thank you! 

Exercise bulimia is a condition where people no longer exercise for health and fitness - they compulsively exercise to get rid of any calories they eat or to fit some kind of physical mold they have told themselves they should be. 

I am acquainted by sight with some exercise bulimics and they look extremely thin, gristly and well, over-exercised. 

Exercise bulimia is an eating disorder in itself but is considered a "non-specified" eating disorder. Like any eating disorder, it is a mental disorder. 

People with this disorder:

Exercise excessively 

Think about exercising when they are not exercising

Watch every calorie they eat

Panic when they may not be able to exercise

Plan their days around exercise

Put work and relationships on the back-burner, in order to exercise. 

Like any disorder, therapy can help. Read more here:


Has this helped explain things to you, Kelly?



August 21, 2014 - 5:26am
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