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Eating disorders linked to exercise addiction

Jan 30, 2020 17:20 IST

According to a new study, people with an eating disorder are nearly four times more likely to develop addiction to exercise, which could negatively impact their health. The study, published in the journal Eating and Weight Disorders, examined data from over 2,000 participants across nine countries including the UK, the US, Australia and Italy. "It is known that those with eating disorders are more likely to display addictive personality and obsessive-compulsive behaviours,” said Porfessor Mike Trott from the Anglia Ruskin University in the UK. The study concluded that displaying signs of an eating disorder significantly increases the chance of an unhealthy relationship with exercise.

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