Geek Out on Exercise Addiction Research
What is exercise addiction, really?
How is it impacting my body physically?
What does it do to my endocrine system?
How does it impact my brain?
My ability to think rationally?
Am I really doing any long term or permanent damage?
Scouring the internet for legitimate exercise addiction research can be draining.
Let me help.
Here are some excellent resources for the data hungry beast inside your brain.
Use this data to take smart action.
THE LATEST EXERCISE ADDICTION RESEARCH
Defining features of unhealthy exercise associated with disordered eating and eating disorder diagnoses
How Ben Carter’s struggle with exercise addiction threatened his health: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/exercise-addiction-ben-carter-tells-how-an-obsession-with-exercise-threatened-his-health/story-fneuzlbd-1226775942243
A personal account by Tara Fuller about how Exercise Addiction hurt her body but helped her learn to love herself: http://greatist.com/fitness/exercise-addiction-learning-self-care
A great interview with Charlotte Hilton Andersen about exercising becoming unhealthy: http://www.nourishing-the-soul.com/2011/01/when-exercise-becomes-unhealthy/
Psychology Today gives easy to follow ways to know if exercise is becoming a problem: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/body-evidence/201106/when-exercise-becomes-dangerous
The Obligatory Exercise Questionnaire
To score the questionnaire, first reverse the scores for items 8 and 10 (for example, if you wrote “always 4) for Item #8, then reverse it to “1”) and then obtain the total. If you score 30 or less, your exercise is probably not obligatory. Scores between 30 and 40 indicate there is reason for mild concern. Scores between 40 and 50 suggest you may have moderate problems with obligatory exercise. Scores above 50 mean you have significant problems with obligatory exercise and should seek help.
The Exercise Addiction Inventory
A thorough article giving detailed insights to help you identify exercise addiction:
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***This is by no means an exhaustive list. Rather, I have provided the most recent research from 2014 followed by the two most commonly used assessment questionnaires. If you are seeking older academic papers go to Google Scholar and search the key words: exercise addiction, compulsive exercise, orthorexia, obligatory exercise and overtraining.
Have I missed an excellent test or piece of research? Email me or post it in the comments and I will update this post and add it!