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Exercise is an amazing way to boost mental and physical health but for some it is a dark abyss of obsessiveness. While overtraining and eating disorders do not always go hand in hand, for some exercise can be a form of purging.


Those using exercise as a way of purging, e.g.: kcal in/kcal out, may experience intense anxiety, depression and/or distress if unable to exercise, discomfort with rest or inactivity, feeling not good enough, not fast enough or not pushing themselves hard enough during a period of exercise.


Americans spend over $40 billion on dieting and diet-related products each year.


The average woman is 5’4” and weighs 165 pounds. The average model is 5’11” and weighs 117 pounds.


Most fashion models are thinner than 98% of American women.


If mannequins were women, they would be too thin to bear children.


67% of women 15-64 withdraw from life-engaging activities, like giving an opinion and going to the doctor, because they feel badly about their looks.


35% – 40% of dieters will develop an eating disorder.


Eating disorders are an adaptive and effective attempt to cope, numb out, comfort, distract and express feelings.


They are used as a way to manage what one takes in and what one keeps out, e.g.: food, people, emotions, etc.


Of all psychiatric disorders, eating disorders hold the highest mortality rate due to natural and unnatural causes.


25 million American women suffer.


25% of all reported cases are male (7 million).


60% of those who obtain specialized treatment for an eating disorder become fully well.



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