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Commentary on "It's exercise or nothing": a qualitative analysis of exercise dependence

Mutrie, Nanette (2000) Commentary on "It's exercise or nothing": a qualitative analysis of exercise dependence. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 34 (6). p. 430. ISSN 03063674

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Abstract

There is an assumption in the popular press that exercise dependence is common and an indicator of serious mental health problems. In fact, the prevalence of exercise dependence and its psychological effects are unknown. One major issue in previous writing has been lack of agreement of a definition (which would conform to criteria used for assessing other dependencies such as drug dependence) and a valid and reliable measuring tool. The authors of this study and a parallel quantitative study1 have used valid and reliable measuring tools complemented by qualitative data from interviews and have found that when exercise dependence is present it is likely to be secondary to an eating disorder. These findings support Veale's observation that primary exercise dependence is rare and may help to dispel the popular press viewpoint that everyone who begins an exercise programme is at risk of becoming dependent.

Item type: Article
ID code: 7862
Notes: Commentary for Relevant Article: "It's exercise or nothing": a qualitative analysis of exercise dependence D Bamber, I M Cockerill, S Rodgers, and D Carroll Br. J. Sports Med. 2000 34: 423-430.
Keywords: exercise dependence, eating disorders, psychological distress, anorexia, bulimia, Personal health and hygiene, including exercise, nutrition
Subjects: Medicine > Public aspects of medicine > Personal health and hygiene, including exercise, nutrition
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Psychological Science and Health > Physical Activity for Health
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Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2009 10:30
Last modified: 16 Jul 2013 19:14
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/7862

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