Malnutrition in a compulsive runner: A case conference

William O. Roberts, Diane Elliot

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Abstract

A 28-yr-old, female marathon and “fitness” runner presented with leg swelling, fatigue, and loss of endurance. She was running an hour or more daily in addition to regular biking and swimming. She was an instructor in a fitness center. For 2 months prior to her leg swelling, she had increased fatigue and decreased exercise tolerance. She had been seen previously for a slow healing hamstring strain. She had not had a menstrual period for over 2 yr and had refused evaluation. She admitted to very low dietary intake, which she had always denied. She was worried about her body fat. She denied recent blood loss, diuretic or cathartic use, and induced vomiting. She appeared malnourished, pale, and older than her stated age. Her weight was 41.4 kg. Her blood pressure was 90/60, and her pulse was 100 per minute. She had pitting edema of the lower extremities to the knees. The diagnosis of anorexia nervosa was made and will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)513-516
Number of pages4
JournalMedicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Volume23
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1991

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Malnutrition
Fatigue
Leg
Fitness Centers
Cathartics
Exercise Tolerance
Anorexia Nervosa
Diuretics
Running
Vomiting
Adipose Tissue
Lower Extremity
Edema
Knee
Blood Pressure
Weights and Measures

Keywords

  • Amenorrhea
  • Compulsive exercise
  • Malnutrition
  • Rex1a nervosa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Malnutrition in a compulsive runner : A case conference. / Roberts, William O.; Elliot, Diane.

In: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Vol. 23, No. 5, 1991, p. 513-516.

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