Purpose and Resources
In the pit of exercise addiction I felt completely confused and hopeless.
Confused because I knew on some level that the way I was treating my body wasn’t quite right. I was confused because I felt a need to hide and lie about the degree of my exercise, yet was surrounded by people who were exercising like mad too. Why did I feel I needed to workout again or more? I didn’t know what was wrong exactly or how I ended up in such a mess.
And I felt hopeless. Hopeless because I had no idea what to do next. I was trying to do everything RIGHT. I was trying to improve, be better, faster, leaner, stronger. But somehow my drive to be BETTER had led me to a place of shame, pain, and madness. Clearly exercising more, harder, longer wasn’t the answer, but doing anything else felt dangerous.
Looking back, I wish I had found a website or a book that I could really identify with. Something to demising the shame and isolation I felt. Something to provide me with resources, research, doctors, and books. And, most of all, I wish I had realized that was I not alone and that there was a way out of the painful cycle.
Now I want to offer this to you. I want to provide you with what I wished I had had. Spread the word. Share this site! Email me. Come out and play! Let’s live this life with passion and freedom.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE. YOU ARE GOING TO GET THROUGH THIS.
The purpose of the Exercise-Addiction Blog is multifaceted:
- Offer support and a sense of community to those dealing with exercise addiction.
- Provide resources to individuals, families, loved ones, and health care providers.
- End the isolation and shame associated with exercise addiction.
- Increase public awareness of the growing occurrence of exercise addiction.
Fortunately, nowadays there is more and more research being conducted on exercise addiction and eating disorders. On this page I am aggregating various resources that may be interesting for you such as the latest scientific findings, therapists, books, articles, blogs, websites, and whatever else I find potentially useful. When you sign up to my email list, you will also receive updates whenever I find new resources:
Chrysalis Center for Counseling and Eating Disorder Treatment, Wilmington, NC
For Family, Friends, and Coaches.
How to Handle Eating Disorders
by Nancy Clark
Links and Articles:
Exercise Addiction in Sports by Adam Morris
Video of Brief Interview of a Young Man with Exercise Addiction:
Articles about Eating Disorders and Therapy:
Diary of an Exercise Addict
Exercise Addiction: When Fitness Becomes an Obsession
The Athletic Woman’s Survival Guide: How to Win the Battle Against Eating Disorders, Amenorrhea, and Osteoporosis
Carol L. Otis, Roger Goldingay
Sports Nutrition Guidebook, Fourth Edition
by Nancy Clark
Additional Resources Related to Eating Disorders
National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)