On the pitfalls of conceptualizing excessive physical exercise as an addictive disorder: Commentary on Dinardi et al. (2021)
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Physical exerciseSelf-determination theoryAddiction-based approachProcess-based approachDebate
Brevers, D... [et al.] (2022). On the pitfalls of conceptualizing excessive physical exercise as an addictive disorder: Commentary on Dinardi et al. (2021), Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 11(2), 234-239. Retrieved Sep 6, 2022. DOI: [10.1556/2006.2022.00001]
SponsorshipLuxembourg National Research Fund C18/BM/12552025; Spanish Research Agency (Agencia Espanola de Investigacion); Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovacion) (MCIN/ AEI) PID2020116535GB-I00; Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique - FNRS
This commentary challenges some of the proposals made in the opinion paper entitled “The expanded interactional model of exercise addiction” by Dinardi, Egorov, and Szabo (2021). We first question the usefulness of the (expanded) interactional model of exercise addiction to determine the psychological processes underlying distress and functional impairment in excessive physical exercise. We then consider the authors’ use of the Self-Determination Theory to model exercise addiction, which risks the misclassification of strenuous, but adaptive, patterns of physical exercise as exercise addiction. We finally address broader concerns regarding the idea that maladaptive exercising could be conceptualized as an addictive disorder.