What Is Anorexia Athletica?

What Is Anorexia Athletica?Anorexia athletica is the compulsive desire to work out, fueled by the belief that one’s body is never in-shape enough. While basic anorexia is a delusion of being overweight despite one’s mass, anorexia athletica occurs among physically active individuals through over exercise and strictly regulating caloric intake. This is a dangerous condition that affects many athletes, so do not believe it cannot happen to you or a loved one. Instead, seek help immediately if this condition develops.

How Anorexia Athletica Develops

Anorexia athletica starts with an intense desire to be competitive in one’s sport. Afflicted individuals wrongly believe that such skill stems from being the slimmest, most toned player on the field. The drive to get in shape mutates from an athletic motivation to an obsession with being as small as possible. Ironically, the harder the athlete tries to be slender, the less he cares about the sport that provoked the change. The initial pressure can come from anywhere, including the following sources:

  • Oneself
  • Advertisements by manufacturers of athletic goods
  • Teammates
  • Sports directors
  • Perfectionist family members

Additionally, athletes may experience instability in life, which makes her feel that the only circumstances she can control are those involving her body and athletic performance.

Signs of Anorexia Athletica

Anorexia athletica is as much an addiction as any substance abuse. Signs of addiction to exercise include those listed here:

  • Relentless comparison of one’s own body with teammates, rivals, and famous athletes
  • Dissatisfaction with a body size that seemed sufficient yesterday
  • Compulsive exercising despite lack of enjoyment
  • Unceasingly dwindling consumption of food
  • Denial of any obsession with one’s size or physical performance
  • Self-beration at missing a workout or indulging in food (even healthy food)
  • No end in sight to the weight loss

There are also medical risks to this eating disorder, including the following:

  • Poor dental health
  • Heart failure
  • Decrease in bone mass and strength
  • Nutrient deprivation
  • Disruption of normal digestive and hormonal functions

If you see these signs in yourself or a loved one, it is time to involve professional recovery services immediately.

Recovery for Anorexia

If you or your loved one suffers from anorexia athletica, let us help you find recovery that works. Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline today, and ask about treatment options that can help you get back on your feet. You can find hope for life beyond this debilitating condition if you seek professional treatment.