When people hear the term anorexia, the first thing that comes to mind is a person who does not eat because he thinks that he is too fat. There is another kind of anorexia, however, which refers to the condition wherein a person engages in physical activity excessively. This is what is known as anorexia athletica. A person who suffers from this disorder may go to the gym, run, bike, etc. so much that the body actually becomes injured instead of benefiting from the physical activity. Yes, there is such a thing as too much exercise, and this is what people with anorexia athletica do to themselves.
You may have heard the terms compulsive exercising and exercise addiction – these are other terms used to refer to the same condition. A person who has anorexia athletic will feel obliged to exercise more than the average person. If he misses a gym session due to some other important activity, for example, he will feel so guilty about it and probably make up for it as soon as he can. More so, a person who has anorexia athletica may cut back on other activities just so he can exercise. And, when people around him express their concern about excessive exercise, the person just might keep his exercise habits a secret.
Just because a person may feel guilty about not exercising every now and then does not mean that he has anorexia athletica, however. All the signs mentioned above combined may mean that a person is suffering from anorexia athletica. In addition, the person may also have other eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa or bulimia.