Exercise is well known for its many physical and mental health benefits. But can exercise become unhealthy? For many people, particularly those with eating disorders, exercise can become compulsive, obsessive and driven by guilt and anxiety. The aim of this website is to educate physiotherapists about dysfunctional and intuitive exercise, how to promote a healthy relationship with exercise and the role of physiotherapy in eating disorder treatment. An overview of the areas covered is presented below:

Eating disorders

  • What is an eating disorder?
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Types

Dysfunctional exercise

  • What is dysfunctional exercise?
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Consequences 
  • Who it affects
  • What drives it

Intuitive movement

  • What is intuitive movement?
  • What does it look like?
  • Intuitive movement in eating disorder recovery


  • Outline of a range of assessment tools used to assess and monitor dysfunctional and intuitive exercise

Promoting intuitive movement

  • Practical guide for physiotherapists

Role of physiotherapy in eating disorder recovery

  • Why is physiotherapy important?
  • Considerations and tips on treatment

Physiotherapy treatments for eating disorder recovery

  • Education 
  • Exercise
  • Treatment of related musculoskeletal conditions
  • Bone health
  • Pelvic health
  • Breathing 
  • Manual therapy
  • Posture re-education 
  • Balance


  • List of useful websites for further reading

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