We all know that a gymnast can spend countless hours exercising. While it's great that people are concerned about their wellbeing, there's no denying that some people are addicted to exercise – and that's a bad thing.
There is ample evidence that overtraining not only sabotages the targeted gains, but can even harm the body. Just look at eight-time Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman, whose body has collapsed because he refuses to stop going to the gym.
Fortunately, the number of people with movement dependency appears to be very low – a study found it to be only 3 percent of the total population. However, a new study shows that it is far more common in a certain group of people who have an eating disorder.
According to the study, published in the journal Eating and Weight Disorders – Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity, people with eating disorders are 3.7 times more likely to be dependent on exercise than people without such disorders.
Angila Ruskin University researchers examined nine studies involving 2,140 participants, mostly women. Of these participants, only 408 had evidence of an eating disorder. Amazingly, they were almost four times more interested in training.
The study concluded that an instrument for determining exercise addiction would benefit the population and researchers.
"It is known that people with eating disorders are more likely to show addictive personality and compulsive behavior," said Mike Trott, senior researcher and PhD student at Angila Ruskin University, in a press release. "We are also aware that an unhealthy relationship with food often means more training, but it is the first time that a risk factor has been calculated."[RELATED1]