“I'm not physically active - I only go for walks”: Physical activity in patients with longstanding eating disorders
Article first published online: 2 SEP 2009
Copyright © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 43, Issue 1, pages 88–92, January 2010
How to Cite
Bratland-Sanda, S., Sundgot-Borgen, J., Rø, Ø., Rosenvinge, J. H., Hoffart, A. and Martinsen, E. W. (2010), “I'm not physically active - I only go for walks”: Physical activity in patients with longstanding eating disorders. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 43: 88–92. doi: 10.1002/eat.20753
- Issue published online: 7 DEC 2009
- Article first published online: 2 SEP 2009
- Manuscript Accepted: 29 JUL 2009
To examine self reported versus objectively assessed moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA), and different reasons for exercise, in patients with longstanding eating disorders (ED) when compared with controls.
Inpatient females (n = 59, mean 30.1 years) and nonclinical age matched controls (n = 53, mean 31.3 years) accepted participation in this cross sectional study. Instruments included accelerometer ActiGraph, physical activity diary, Reasons for Exercise Inventory, and Eating Disorders Examination interview.
Self reported and objectively assessed MVPA were higher across all ED diagnoses when compared with controls. The patients' self reported MVPA was lower than the objectively assessed MVPA; no difference was found in controls. Regulation of negative affects, not weight/appearance, was a more important, whereas fitness/health was a less important reason for exercise in patients than controls.
The underreporting of MVPA in some patients with ED may warrant clinical attention. © 2009 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 2010; 43:88–92