Some people work out every day . Every single day of the year; often twice or thrice a day. When they can’t, they are miserable about it. They don’t holiday in places where they can’t exercise.You wish you could be like them, but there you are asking for trouble. Your role model is a likely case of an eating disorder called `exercise bulimia’.
Bulimia generally means gorging on food and throwing up immediately afterwards, but an exercise bulimic obsesses about burning off the calories all the time. The difference is, instead of vomiting or abusing laxatives, a person will use compulsive exercise as a form of purging. Exercise bulimia manifests itself in different ways–from excessive exercise to compensate for calories consumed, to starving one self but continuing to exercise, to an all-consuming obsession with exercise to the point of serious self-har m.
Like any other eating disorder, exercise bulimia has anxiety, depression or other mental health issues at its root. Bingeing, whether in the traditional sense or through exercise, can be a way to distract yourself from other problems, or to try to exert control over things that seem out of hand.
Toned bodies idealised by movies and magazines are also to blame. Male form in the action films of the 1980s and 1990s and on the covers of magazines altered our cultural expectations of how men are supposed to look…As women have known for much longer, that sort of thing can f#@k you up, particularly in your teens and early twenties. Despite working out so much, exercise bulimics suffer from a poor self-image: “What I see when I look in the mirror doesn’t correspond with reality . I see a fat piece of [email protected]#t, and then I think to myself that it’s time to punish my body for letting me down.
Scarcely a half hour of my day goes by when I’m not thinking about when and how I’m going to exercise next. The consequenc es are very disturbing: emotional distress when you’re unable to exercise sufficiently–and physically–bone density loss from lack of nutrition, joint pain, constant muscle soreness, recurring injuries, and persistent fatigue.
For far too long bulimia has been considered an “unmasculine problem,“ which makes it harder for men to accept their excessive exercising is a problem, and seek professional help. But exercise bulimics of both sexes should seek help because “You’re not going to die from the embarrassment.
Your eating disorder, on the other hand, might do the trick if you let it.