Running — An Analogue of Anorexia?

Alayne Yates, Kevin Leehey, Catherine M. Shisslak

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IN the early 1970s only a few somewhat idiosyncratic, health-oriented people jogged. Since then distance running has become a cultural fascination for 31 million people in the United States1 and has spawned a billion-dollar sporting-goods industry, as well as a proliferation of sports-medicine clinics to treat the stress fractures, avulsed tendons, and assorted minor injuries attendant on profound exertion. In almost exactly the same time span, anorexia nervosa — previously thought to be a rare disorder — has increased in incidence to such an extent that it is now regarded as a public-health problem.2 Within the past year several serious.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)251-255
Number of pages5
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - Feb 3 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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