Associations between specific components of compulsive exercise and eating-disordered cognitions and behaviors among young women
Article first published online: 18 AUG 2010
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International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 44, Issue 5, pages 452–458, July 2011
How to Cite
Taranis, L. and Meyer, C. (2011), Associations between specific components of compulsive exercise and eating-disordered cognitions and behaviors among young women. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 44: 452–458. doi: 10.1002/eat.20838
- Issue published online: 9 JUN 2011
- Article first published online: 18 AUG 2010
- Manuscript Accepted: 26 MAR 2010
To explore the associations between specific elements of compulsive exercise and both eating-disordered cognitions and eating-disordered behaviors in a nonclinical sample of young women.
A sample of young women (n = 498) completed self-report measures of eating pathology (The Eating Disorders Examination Questionnaire) and a relatively new measure of Compulsive Exercise Test.
Specific elements of compulsive exercise were associated with elevated levels of eating-disordered cognitions and increased frequency of eating-disordered behaviors.
These results support a multifunctional conceptualization of compulsive exercise, suggesting that some of the functionality of compulsive exercise may be akin to other forms of purging, and further supporting the notion of a possible functional equivalence between compulsive exercise and specific eating-disordered behaviors in terms of affect regulation. © 2010 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 2011