Drive for Activity

Few studies have enquired about the patients' premorbid activity level, but all of them report greater than average physical activity in a majority of patients. Kron et al. [44] conducted personal interviews and found that 84% of AN patients tended to be more active premorbidly. Davis et al. [23] found on the basis of interviews that AN patients were more physically active than controls from adolescence onwards, as well as prior to the onset of anorexia nervosa: 73% of patients engaged in excessive exercise; 60% were competitive athletes prior to the onset of their disorder; 60% reported that sport or exercise predated dieting. Three-quarters of AN patients claimed that physical activity levels steadily increased during the period when food intake and weight loss decreased the most. Subpopulations in whom exercise is encouraged (athletes) may be at risk for developing anorexia nervosa [45].

Breaking Bulimia

Breaking Bulimia

We have all been there: turning to the refrigerator if feeling lonely or bored or indulging in seconds or thirds if strained. But if you suffer from bulimia, the from time to time urge to overeat is more like an obsession.

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