Personality of the excessive exerciser

Marie Iannos, Marika Tiggemann

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    This study investigated some personality characteristics of excessive exercisers, in light of the suggestion that they may share a dysfunctional personality profile with eating disordered individuals. The participants were 205 men and women recreational exercisers recruited from gymnasiums. Contrary to prediction, excessive excercisers were not found to have lower self-esteem, more external locus of control or to be more obsessive-compulsive than moderate exercisers, nor were there any relationships between self-esteem, locus of control and obligatory exercise behaviour. These findings suggest that exercise is not an expression of a dysfunctional personality.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)775-778
    Number of pages4
    JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - May 1997


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