ERIC Number: ED335601
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Recent Research on Eating Disorders and Body Image Distortion among Aerobic Instructors and Exercise Participants.
Moriarty, Dick; And Others
This document reviews the research linking excessive exercise with eating disorders. Seven steps are listed that an individual follows in going from someone who starts out using exercise and aerobic dance as a stress management technique or a hobby to becoming an exercise dependent individual with addictive behavior. Studies are reviewed, the results of which suggest that while exercise participants and aerobic instructors are generally "healthy" from an eating disorder and body image standpoint, there is a significant minority of underweight participants and instructors who overestimate their body size and have tendencies toward anorexia nervosa and bulimia. It is recommended that those interested in organizing and conducting exercise and fitness programs be concerned by the results of these studies. Included in the document are tables describing red flags for eating disorders, distinguishing features of the athlete/fitness participant, and distinguishing features of the athlete/exercise anorectic/bulimic; danger signs for physicians/researchers and for coaches/fitness instructors; and tips for prevention of eating disorders. Publications on eating disorders that have come from research in the sport and athletic area are recommended. (NB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Canada; Eating Disorders
Note: Paper presented at the Prevention North Conference of the Ontario Fitness Association (Sudbury, Ontario, June 13-15, 1991).