Exercise In Eating Disorders

Dr Lauren Muhlheim on Exercise In Eating Disorders

Tabitha Farrar talks to Dr. Lauren Muhlheim on the subject of compulsive exercise in eating disorders such as Anorexia. We discuss:

  • Why exercise in eating disorders is a problem
  • The dangers of exercising when you are underweight
  • How to know if exercise is part of the eating disorder rather than a healthy pastime
  • The problem of recognizing exercise as an eating disorder symptom
  • Experiments in starvation in rats
  • Exercise and excessive movements in children with eating disorders
  • What lab experiments and observation in children can teach us about exercise as a symptom of an eating disorder

Article in Verywell on exercise written by Dr. Muhlheim

Dr. Lauren Muhlheim

Dr. Lauren Mulhleim is a clinical psychologist at Eating Disorder Therapy LA who specializes in providing evidence-based cognitive behavioral psychotherapy for a variety of problems experienced by adults including eating disorders. Dr. Muhlheim regularly volunteers her time for several organizations including the Academy for Eating Disorders, the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, and Best Friends LA. She is my go-to professional and a highly valued member of the eating disorder advocacy community.

In short: Dr. Muhlheim gets eating disorders. Check out her website for more information and resources and follow her on twitter @drmuhlheim

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About Tabitha Farrar

I work as Head of Marketing for a software startup in Boulder. As a recovered Anorexia sufferer, I advocate for proper understanding of eating disorders in my spare time. On that note, I wrote a book about my own journey into eating again called Love Fat.

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  • Sarah Wilcher

    Tabitha and Dr Muhlheim- great conversation. This is such an important topic and so difficult to confront. As much as the medical community “doesn’t get” ed’s, they also “don’t get” the problem of compulsive exercise because it is often disguised as “healthy”. I appreciate you tackling this subject and hope to hear more and more on it in the future.