Exercise dependence among Hungarian fitness center users - premilinary results

Menczel, Zsuzsa and Kovács, Eszter and Eisinger, Andrea and Magi, Anna and Vingender, István and Demetrovics, Zsolt (2014) Exercise dependence among Hungarian fitness center users - premilinary results. New Medicine. pp. 103-108. ISSN 1731-2507


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Regular physical activity plays an important role in the healthy life. However, excessive exercising might lead to addictive behavior. Exercise dependence (ED) is an extreme commitment to sports that was identified as a behavioral addiction. The objective of the present study is to explore the prevalence of ED in a sample of fitness center users (n=1743) recruited from 17 fitness and welness centers in Budapest. A questonnaire-based survey was carried out to measure ED. Two standardized scales, the Exercise Dependence Scale (EDS) and the Exercise addiction Inventory were used. Results revealed thet 2,2% (on EDS) and 7% (on EAI) of subjects belonged to the dependent group and 69,3% (on EDS) and 76,5% (on EAI) showed ED-related symptoms. It is surmised that due to their sport activities, these groups are at elevated risk for ED. Moreover, younger people with decreased self-esteem tend to have higher likehood and to have problems with excessive sport behaviour. Therefore it is important to raise the awareness of the harmful and risky patterns of exercise behaviour. The here adopted two instruments, EDS and EAI, might be utilized for to early detection of ED and prevention of the disorder.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion / filozófia, pszichológia, vallás > BF Psychology / lélektan
Depositing User: Dr. Zsolt Demetrovics
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2015 10:15
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2023 11:10

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