Date of Award

2012

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Department

Public Health, Nutrition & Wellness

First Advisor

Gretchen Krivak

Second Advisor

Peter Pribis

Abstract

Background. Excessive exercise can become an addiction known as exercise dependence (ED). -- Findings. We used the Exercise Scale Test (EDS-21) and the Eating Attitudes Test (EAT-26) to assess the prevalence of ED and eating disorders. We discovered that out of 520 participants, 3.3% could be characterized as at-risk for ED, 51.5% as nondependent-symptomatic, and 45.2% as nondependent-asymptomatic. The prevalence of being at-risk for eating disorders was approximately 8%. -- Conclusions. It seems that the prevalence of ED and eating disorders at Andrews University is similar to the general population.

Subject Area

Exercise dependence, Eating disorders.

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