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Can Exercise Treat Eating Disorders?

Hausenblas, Heather A.; Cook, Brian J.; Chittester, Nickles I.

Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews: January 2008 - Volume 36 - Issue 1 - p 43-47
doi: 10.1097/jes.0b013e31815e4040

Exercise is not a standard intervention for patients with eating disorders. In this article, six studies are reviewed that examined exercise interventions in populations with eating disorders. The key conclusion is that exercise may improve a range of biopsychosocial outcomes in patients with eating disorders, but more research is needed.

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, United States

Address for correspondence: Heather A. Hausenblas, Ph.D., Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology, College of Health and Human Performance, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611 (E-mail:

Accepted for publication: September 26, 2007.

Associate Editor: Paul A. Estabrooks, Ph.D.

©2008 The American College of Sports Medicine