The practice and process of healthy exercise: An investigation of the treatment of exercise abuse in women with eating disorders

Calogero, Rachel M. and Pedrotty, Kelly N. (2004) The practice and process of healthy exercise: An investigation of the treatment of exercise abuse in women with eating disorders. Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 12 (4). pp. 273-291. ISSN 1064-0266. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

his study investigates the effectiveness of an exercise program designed to reduce exercise abuse in women who are in residential treatment for eating disorders. One hundred and twenty-seven women who participated in the exercise program were compared to 127 non-participants on weight gain and self-reported obligatory attitudes and beliefs about exercise. The exercise participants were women who were medically cleared and attended at least two exercise groups during treatment. The control group were women who were medically cleared, but did not attend any exercise groups during treatment. Significant group x diagnosis interactions revealed that women in the exercise group who were diagnosed with anorexia nervosa gained more than one-third as much weight as those in the control group. Also, women in the exercise group demonstrated significantly reduced obligatory attitudes toward exercise compared to the control group. These findings suggest that the use of an exercise program that targets exercise abuse in women with eating disorders is feasible during residential treatment and results in positive change without interfering with weight gain. Limitations that result from the lack of random assignment to the exercise and control group are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Rachel Calogero
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2008 11:41
Last Modified: 13 May 2014 15:33
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/4156 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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