Compulsive Exerciseenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-compulsiveExercise-enHD-AR1.jpgEven though exercise has many positive benefits, too much can be harmful. Teens who exercise compulsively are at risk for both physical and psychological problems.compulsive exercises, compulsive exercise, exercise, exercising too much, too much exercise, exercises too much, compulsively exercises, compulsive exercising, obligatory exercising, workout, workouts, working out, anorexia nervosa, eating disorders, anorexia, bulemia, bulimia, anorexia athletica, dancers, dancing, wrestlers, wrestling, athletes, athlete, sports, runners, running, track, track field, ice skaters, ice skating, gymnasts, gymnastics, obligatory exercise, anxieties, anxiety, worry, stress, depression, depressed, low self-esteem, body image, fitness, body dysmorphic disorder, amenorrhea, stopped getting her period, body fat, weight, osteoporosis, fatigue, exhaustion, preoccupation with exercise, obsessed with exercise, CD1Eating Disorders06/06/200007/20/201807/20/2018Mary L. Gavin, MD07/12/201857728848-9e48-4724-8268-8faa34c0e1c9https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/compulsive-exercise.html/<h3>What Is Compulsive Exercise?</h3> <p>Compulsive exercise (sometimes called <strong>exercise addiction</strong>) happens when a person is driven to exercise too much. Injury, illness, going out with friends, or bad weather will not stop those who compulsively exercise.</p> <h3>Why Do Kids Exercise Too Much?</h3> <p>Regular <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/exercise.html/">exercise</a> is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. But athletes may be driven to exercise more and more to improve their sports performance. Personal goals, coaches, teammates, or parents may pressure athletes to push themselves too far.</p> <p>Compulsive exercising and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/eating-disorders.html/">eating disorders</a> often go hand in hand. In addition to extreme dieting, someone with an eating disorder may workout excessively to lose weight. Someone with bulimia may use exercise as a way to compensate for binge eating.</p> <p>Some people believe they can achieve an impossible ideal <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/body-image.html/">body type</a> if they keep exercising.</p> <h3>What Problems Can Compulsive Exercise Cause?</h3> <p>Compulsive exercise can lead to:</p> <ul> <li>Injuries, including overuse injuries and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/stress-fractures.html/">stress fractures</a>.</li> <li>In some girls, <strong>female athlete triad</strong>.This means they&nbsp;lose a lot of weight, have irregular periods or no periods (called <strong>amenorrhea</strong>), and lose bone density (<strong>osteoporosis</strong>).</li> <li>Unhealthy weight loss behaviors, such as skipping meals or drastically reducing calories, vomiting, and using diet pills or laxatives.</li> <li>Social isolation, because working out always comes first. Compulsive exercisers may skip homework or time with friends and family to exercise.</li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/anxiety-disorders.html/">Anxiety</a> and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/understanding-depression.html/">depression</a>. Performance pressure, low self-esteem, and lack of other interests contribute to emotional problems.</li> </ul> <h3>What Might Parents Notice?</h3> <p>Parents might notice that their child:</p> <ul> <li>won't skip a workout, even if tired, sick, or injured</li> <li>can&rsquo;t take time off and seems anxious or guilty when missing even one workout</li> <li>is preoccupied with his or her weight and exercise routine</li> <li>has lost a significant amount of weight</li> <li>exercises more after eating a lot or missing a workout</li> <li>eats much less if he or she can't exercise</li> <li>skips seeing friends, gives up other activities, and abandons responsibilities to make more time for exercise</li> <li>seems to base self-worth on the number of workouts completed and the effort put into training</li> <li>is never satisfied with his or her own physical achievements</li> <li>has irregular periods or stress fractures</li> </ul> <h3>How Is Compulsive Exercise Diagnosed?</h3> <p>It can be hard to diagnosis compulsive exercise. There is no agreement on how much exercise is too much. A person who continues to exercise in spite of injury, health problems, or poor relationships may have an exercise addiction.</p> <h3>How Is Compulsive Exercise Treated?</h3> <p>A <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/finding-therapist.html/">therapist</a> can help someone with an exercise addiction change unhealthy behaviors, work on exercise moderation, and find coping strategies.</p> <p>Treatment will focus on:</p> <ul> <li>treating injuries</li> <li>resting or reducing exercise</li> <li>alternative exercise plans</li> <li>nutrition counseling</li> <li>keeping a healthy weight</li> <li>treating conditions, such as eating disorders, depression, or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ocd.html/">obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)</a></li> </ul> <h3>What Can Parents Do?</h3> <p>Parents can do a lot to help a child who exercises too much. They can:</p> <ul> <li>involve kids in preparing nutritious meals</li> <li>have fun being active together as a family</li> <li>be good body-image role models and not fixate on their own physical flaws</li> <li>not criticize other people's weight or body shape</li> <li>ask if their child is under a lot of pressure</li> <li>help kids find new ways to cope with problems</li> </ul> <p>If you think that your child is exercising too much, talk to your doctor.</p>Ejercicio físico compulsivoEl ejercicio físico compulsivo (a veces denominado adicción al ejercicio físico) ocurre cuando una persona se siente impulsada a hacer demasiado ejercicio físico. https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/parents/compulsive-exercise-esp.html/fa996b9a-17d6-45fb-b6a9-54b2b9c7e37b
A Guy's Guide to Body ImageMany people think of guys as being carefree when it comes to appearance. But guys spend plenty of time in front of the mirror. And some worry just as much as girls do about their looks.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/male-bodyimage.html/1c60a19e-cb69-4513-9d9f-df1b2d7e8045
Body Dysmorphic DisorderFor teens, concerns about appearances often take center stage. But if these concerns are all-consuming, cause extreme distress, and keep them from doing and thinking about other things, it may be a sign of a condition called body dysmorphic disorder.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/bdd.html/3b5b65b1-e6c4-4b4e-a981-217770320b4a
Body Image and Self-EsteemWhen your body changes, so can your image of yourself. Find out how your body image affects your self-esteem and what you can do.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/body-image.html/7149667b-50a9-40d9-bee3-57800969b218
Compulsive ExerciseCompulsive exercise can lead to serious health problems. Lots of people don't know when they've crossed the line from healthy activity to unhealthy addiction. Read about ways to tell.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/compulsive-exercise.html/a616539b-6d1d-472f-bd06-b12122dd0fec
Eating DisordersEating disorders are common among teens and kids, especially young women. Read about the warning signs, prevention strategies, and ways to help a child with an eating disorder.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/eating-disorders.html/0d56cfd0-b454-4f23-9fa2-0c7fae102171
Encouraging a Healthy Body ImageA healthy and positive body image means liking your body, appreciating it, and feeling grateful for its qualities and capabilities. Parents can help kids develop a healthy body image.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/body-image.html/df88d420-5c9a-4744-8739-3cdb85f1519c
Female Athlete TriadFemale athlete triad is a combination of three conditions: disordered eating, amenorrhea (loss of a girl's period), and osteoporosis (a weakening of the bones).https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/triad.html/660b8bc9-8181-412e-a420-cbf191295794
How Can I Feel Better About My Body?It's normal to wish you could change something about your body. Find out more about these feelings in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/feel-better-about-body.html/50063a44-dbba-4561-923a-89df101014d4
How Can I Lose Weight Safely?Lots of people are unhappy with their present weight, but aren't sure how to change it - or even if they need to. Get the facts on weight loss here.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/lose-weight-safely.html/41611423-0e1d-4cac-8d41-1b7d92549603
Kids and ExerciseBesides enjoying the health benefits of regular exercise, kids who are physically fit are better able to handle physical and emotional challenges.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/exercise.html/f2ac8b06-6d72-4382-8b53-dee0908bc566
Obsessive-Compulsive DisorderAll kids have worries and doubts. But some have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in which their worries compel them to behave in certain ways over and over again. OCD can get better with the right attention and care.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ocd.html/344575a2-b6b9-4cfc-b608-804289308f3c
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)Someone might say you're obsessed with soccer or something else that you really like, but when someone has a true obsession, it isn't any fun. Find out more about obsessive-compulsive disorder in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/ocd.html/2b0591fe-5ed3-45da-ac1e-0271b01af085
Sports and Exercise SafetyPlaying hard doesn't have to mean getting hurt. The best way to ensure a long and injury-free athletic career is to play it safe from the start. Find out how.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/sport-safety.html/cbffad82-3814-4cbc-8758-dd3aac78c363
Your Child's Self-EsteemStrong self-esteem is a child's armor against the challenges of the world. Here's how to build healthy self-esteem in your kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/self-esteem.html/54f51c71-4edf-436b-a58c-b75e3c7b64d8
Your Child's Weight"What's the right weight for my child?" is one of the most common questions parents have. It seems like a simple one, but it's not always easy to answer.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/childs-weight.html/47c960bc-61c9-4a05-933d-50f57967c0a7
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