Tracking Your Teen’s Treadmill TimeIN ADOLESCENT HEALTH
www.webmd.com. It’s estimated that about four percent of Americans suffer from exercise bulimia, also called compulsive exercise. And the numbers are rising, despite the fact that obesity is also on the rise among American teens. Exercise bulimia is a disorder, just like classic bulimia. But instead of purging the binged food, individuals push themselves to shed the calories with exercise. The condition is just as common in men as in women, and unfortunately, the havoc wreaked on their bodies can actually outweigh the benefits of exercising. The damaging effects of excessive exercising include:
- overuse injuries
- exercise amenorrhea (the absence of menstrual periods)
- decreased estrogen production, which can lead to decreased bone mass
Conflict of Image
They’re everywhere your teen looks. In movies, magazines, and on MTV, your child sees pictures of super-skinny models of perfection. So how does your teenager measure up? In their minds, they may not even come close.
In an attempt to reach this unattainable ideal, your child may choose starvation, bingeing and purging, or excessive exercising as his or her method of losing weight. Each disorder is dangerous, and each is real. Often, men and women combine bingeing and purging with excessive exercise to lose the weight even faster.
The warning signs of bulimia (constant bingeing and purging) include:
For more information, please visit the Claxton-Hepburn website.