Year of Publication


Date of Thesis


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Exercise and Sport Sciences

Subject Categories

Exercise -- Psychology; Body image


While the majority of Americans do not engage in enough exercise (CDC, 1995), some Americans exercise too much. When this occurs, exercise can be detrimental to an individual's health and well-being (Allegre, Souville, Therme, & Griffiths, 2006). This extreme exercise behavior, exercise dependence (ED; Hausenblas & Downs, 2002), can be observed in the general population; however, endurance athletes present a group of individuals who may experience higher levels of ED (Veale, 1987). The main purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence of ED in endurance athletes and examine the roles of gender, age, body image, and motives for physical activity.



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