People picture bulimia sufferers as individuals who consume enormous quantities of food and then induce vomiting to rid themselves of the unwanted calories. This is often an accurate description – but not always! Some elect to indulge in excessive amounts of exercise to counteract the effects of their bingeing.
In some instances over-exercising can have the desired effect of keeping weight down – bingeing twice a week and excessive exercise a day can maintain an even body weight; but reverse the behaviors and the individual will actually become overweight.
Extreme exercise regimes are dangerous and can result in various medical complications:
In trying to evaluate whether exercise levels have gone from reasonable to excessive, the following questions can be asked:
Someone who answers ‘yes’ to one or more of these questions may be exercising too much and endangering their health as a result.
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