McGill University researchers highlight need for healthy definitions of exercise.
Some common themes emerged from social media posts on CE – from the high cost of burning off binges, and the lack of understanding of the compulsion to exercise, to seeking to control the exercise, but ultimately being controlled by the addiction instead:
“How about wanting to die any time you’re too sick to meet your step count?”
“Coworkers and friends CONSTANTLY say things like ‘I wish I could run like you’, ‘I wish I had your body’ etc. What they do not know is I am constantly battling myself in my head. They do not see me pushing myself to run sometimes until I am in so much pain that I am crying. They cannot fathom what exercise addiction is.”
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