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Compulsive exercise (sometimes called exercise addiction) happens when a person is driven to exercise too much. Injury, illness, going out with friends, or bad weather will not stop those who compulsively exercise.
Regular exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. But athletes may be driven to exercise more and more to improve their sports performance. Personal goals, coaches, teammates, or parents may pressure athletes to push themselves too far.
Compulsive exercising and eating disorders often go hand in hand. In addition to extreme dieting, someone with an eating disorder may workout excessively to lose weight. Someone with bulimia may use exercise as a way to compensate for binge eating.
Some people believe they can achieve an impossible ideal body type if they keep exercising.
Compulsive exercise can lead to:
Parents might notice that their child:
It can be hard to diagnosis compulsive exercise. There is no agreement on how much exercise is too much. A person who continues to exercise in spite of injury, health problems, or poor relationships may have an exercise addiction.
A therapist can help someone with an exercise addiction change unhealthy behaviors, work on exercise moderation, and find coping strategies.
Treatment will focus on:
Parents can do a lot to help a child who exercises too much. They can:
If you think that your child is exercising too much, talk to your doctor.
For some people, worries about appearance become extreme and upsetting, interfering with their lives, a condition called body dysmorphic disorder.
Everyone feels anxiety, fear, or worry at some time – it’s normal to worry about school, your friends, your appearance, and tons of other stuff. But for teens with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), these feelings are taken to extremes.
Someone might say you’re obsessed with soccer or something else that you really like, but when someone has a true obsession, it isn’t any fun. Find out more about obsessive-compulsive disorder in this article for kids.
Strong self-esteem is a child’s armor against the challenges of the world. Here’s how to build healthy self-esteem in your kids.
All kids have worries and doubts. But some have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in which their worries compel them to behave in certain ways over and over again. OCD can get better with the right attention and care.
For teens, concerns about appearances often take center stage. But if these concerns are all-consuming, cause extreme distress, and keep them from doing and thinking about other things, it may be a sign of a condition called body dysmorphic disorder.
Compulsive exercise can lead to serious health problems. Lots of people don’t know when they’ve crossed the line from healthy activity to unhealthy addiction. Read about ways to tell.
Playing hard doesn’t have to mean getting hurt. The best way to ensure a long and injury-free athletic career is to play it safe from the start. Find out how.
Female athlete triad is a combination of three conditions: disordered eating, amenorrhea (loss of a girl’s period), and osteoporosis (a weakening of the bones).
It’s normal to wish you could change something about your body. Find out more about these feelings in this article for kids.
“What’s the right weight for my child?” is one of the most common questions parents have. It seems like a simple one, but it’s not always easy to answer.
Besides enjoying the health benefits of regular exercise, kids who are physically fit are better able to handle physical and emotional challenges.
When your body changes, so can your image of yourself. Find out how your body image affects your self-esteem and what you can do.
A healthy and positive body image means liking your body, appreciating it, and feeling grateful for its qualities and capabilities. Parents can help kids develop a healthy body image.
Lots of people are unhappy with their present weight, but aren’t sure how to change it – or even if they need to. Get the facts on weight loss here.
Eating disorders are so common in America that 1 or 2 out of every 100 students will struggle with one. Find out more.
Many people think of guys as being carefree when it comes to appearance. But guys spend plenty of time in front of the mirror. And some worry just as much as girls do about their looks.
Eating disorders are common among teens and kids, especially young women. Read about the warning signs, prevention strategies, and ways to help a child with an eating disorder.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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