Exercise addiction: Symptoms, diagnosis, epidemiology, and etiology

Krisztina Berczik, Attila Szabó, Mark D. Griffiths, Tams Kurimay, Bernadette Kun, R. Urbán, Z. Demetrovics

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Abstract

Regular physical activity plays a crucial role in health maintenance and disease prevention. However, excessive exercise has the potential to have adverse effects on both physical and mental health. The scholastic and empirical discussion of excessive physical activity focuses on obsessive and compulsive exercising, and uses several labels. However, in this review, we argue that the most appropriate term for this phenomenon is exercise addiction, emphasizing that excessive physical exercise fits the typical and most common characteristics of behavioral addictions. The aim of this review is to synthesize the current knowledge on symptomology, diagnosis, epidemiology, and etiology of exercise addiction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)403-417
Number of pages15
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Volume47
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012

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Keywords

  • Behavioral addiction
  • Epidemiology
  • Etiology
  • Exercise addiction
  • Obsessive-compulsive behavior
  • Positive addiction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health(social science)
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Medicine(all)

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Exercise addiction : Symptoms, diagnosis, epidemiology, and etiology. / Berczik, Krisztina; Szabó, Attila; Griffiths, Mark D.; Kurimay, Tams; Kun, Bernadette; Urbán, R.; Demetrovics, Z.

In: Substance Use and Misuse, Vol. 47, No. 4, 03.2012, p. 403-417.

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Berczik, Krisztina ; Szabó, Attila ; Griffiths, Mark D. ; Kurimay, Tams ; Kun, Bernadette ; Urbán, R. ; Demetrovics, Z. / Exercise addiction : Symptoms, diagnosis, epidemiology, and etiology. In: Substance Use and Misuse. 2012 ; Vol. 47, No. 4. pp. 403-417.
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