Changes in body dysmorphic disorder, eating disorder, and exercise addiction symptomology during the COVID-19 pandemic: a longitudinal study of 319 health club users

Trott, Mike and Johnstone, James and Pardhan, Shahina and Barnett, Yvonne A. and Smith, Lee (2021) Changes in body dysmorphic disorder, eating disorder, and exercise addiction symptomology during the COVID-19 pandemic: a longitudinal study of 319 health club users. Psychiatry Research, 298. p. 113831. ISSN 1872-7123

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Abstract

The aim of this longitudinal study was to examine the effect of COVID-19 quarantines on morbid exercise, eating, and body image behaviours pre vs post COVID-19 lockdown. Participants (n=319; mean age 36.77 SD=11.75; 84% female) were recruited to complete a battery of questions with 14 month follow-up. Exercise addiction scores were significantly lower post-lockdown; eating disorder symptomology scores were significantly higher post-COVID-19 lockdown; and leisure-time exercise significantly increased post-COVID-19 lockdown. No differences in body dysmorphic disorder were found. If future lockdowns are enforced, practitioners working with people with suspected morbid eating habits should monitor this closely.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: COVID-19, Eating Disorder, Exercise Addiction, Social Distancing, Body image
Faculty: COVID-19 Research Collection
Faculty of Science & Engineering
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2021 14:32
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2021 14:23
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/706346

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