How is excessive exercise related to eating disorders?

The society places an emphasis on the ideal body size through media advertisements on various product lines, especially Victoria’s Secret. As a result, many women and even some men become obsessed with their images. They try all kinds of exercises to lose weight. Some of them lose weight and at the same time create more health problems. Those who do not lose weight are tempted to find some other way to lose weight and keep it off. As a result, they develop eating disorders like anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and binge eating. These disorders, if left untreated, will cause permanent health problems and even death.

Let’s look at the disorders in detail and see how they are related to excessive exercise.

Anorexia nervosa refers to the condition suffered by people determined and desperate to lose weight, where they eat very little, even when they are sometimes already underweight. People with this condition are often considered too fat, even when they appear thin to others. Some people’s bodies cannot maintain weight; Just thinking about food causes them to gain weight, and as a result, they exercise excessively and eat too little, just to lose a few pounds.

The next disorder on the list is bulimia. Bulimia occurs when people binge (which means they eat large amounts of food, including junk food) and then purge, either through self-induced vomiting or by taking laxatives. When they do this, they are doing more damage to their bodies as they are depriving themselves of valuable nutrients and causing an imbalance in the body’s mineral balance. The result of this is the risk of heart problems, even heart failure.

When bulimic people exercise, their appetite increases. As a result, they eat more food to meet this need. After filling their bodies with food, they force themselves to vomit and with the constant vomiting that occurs to get rid of all the food, they are at increased risk of developing lung cancer. They also find it impossible to keep their weight steady.

The last disorder we will see is compulsive eating. These are people who eat large amounts of food and then exercise excessively for long periods. Compulsive overeating is not as dangerous as anorexia and bulimia. However, it will also lead to psychological and physical problems, as you are abusing the muscles and other organs of your body.

Written by Hyashi Machida

September 7, 2020
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