Exercise addiction is not a condition that is listed in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, but the disorder can have severe effects on a person’s commitments, relationships, health and overall well-being. Like substance addiction, someone living with exercise addiction may experience withdrawals like extreme feelings of guilt, shame, sadness and irritation if they miss a workout.
According to a study, 3% of Americans are living with exercise addiction. In addition to exercise addiction, people often have a co-occurring disorder. Between 39–48% of people with an eating disorder like anorexia or bulimia, also engage in compulsive exercising. Additional co-occurring disorders in people with exercise addiction include obsessive-compulsive disorder and narcissistic personality disorder. For more information about exercise addiction, explore the related topics below.