Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name




First Advisor

Thomas, Cheryl,


Psychology, Clinical.




Exercise provides a number of health related benefits. However, it can be maladaptive when it becomes excessive and depended upon. The study of exercise dependence has been limited by the reliance on measures of frequency and duration, ignoring the importance of motives and withdrawal symptoms. Most research has assessed exercise dependence as a feature of eating disorders. Few have recognized that exercise dependence can be an autonomous disorder, take on many forms, and affect both men and women. The purpose of the present study was to examine exercise dependence and its relationship with eating pathology. Participants included 250 undergraduate females. Exercise dependence was assessed using the Obligatory Exercise Questionnaire and the Commitment to Exercise Scale. Motives for exercise were assessed with the Reasons for Exercise Inventory. Eating pathology was assessed with the Eating Attitudes Test - 26 and the Eating Disorder Inventory - 2. Current results both support and, challenge the existing literature on exercise dependence. This study provides support for the identification of two different forms of exercise dependence. While one form appears to be significantly related to eating pathology, the other form is quite distinct. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Psychology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2000 .B43. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 39-02, page: 0593. Adviser: Cheryl Thomas. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2000.