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Excessive exercise: From quantitative categorisation to a qualitative continuum approach

Johnston, Olwyn, Reilly, Jacqueline and Kremer, John (2011) Excessive exercise: From quantitative categorisation to a qualitative continuum approach. European Eating Disorders Review, 19 (3). pp. 237-248. [Journal article]

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Researchers have yet to reach a consensus on the definition of excessive exercise, and many questions remain about the relationship between excessive exercise and eating disorders. Understanding of excessive exercise may be furthered by adoption of a broader, dimensional perspective. The current qualitative (grounded theory) study explored the continuum of women's exercise experiences, ranging from casual to more extreme regimens. Thirty-two women were interviewed, aged 16–77. Participants described stages in a continuum of exercise experiences. Overlaps were described between participant perceptions of ‘normal’ exercise, excessive exercise and exercise addiction. Excessive exercise and disturbed eating were described as arising from common concerns about the need to control the body, with exercise viewed as a more acceptable alternative to disturbed eating. The results provide support for a continuum approach to the understanding of excessive exercise, and highlight the utility of qualitative methods in this area.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:exercise addiction;excessive exercise;eating disorders;grounded theory;interview
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Education
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:23722
Deposited By: Dr Jacqueline Reilly
Deposited On:06 Nov 2012 07:31
Last Modified:06 Nov 2012 07:31

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