Compulsive exercise and eating disorders

Eur Eat Disord Rev. 2011 May-Jun;19(3):174-89. doi: 10.1002/erv.1122.


The aim of this review was to develop an empirically supported cognitive behavioural model of compulsive exercise within the context of the eating disorders. A systematic review of the correlates and predictors of compulsive exercise among eating disordered patients identified four key correlates. These were subsequently validated by a second review, incorporating both the clinical and non-clinical as well as the exercise science literatures. A proposed model is presented which is both evidence-based and testable.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Compulsive Behavior / psychology*
  • Emotions
  • Exercise / psychology*
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Personality
  • Reinforcement, Psychology