Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Eating Disorder Service

Information for family and friends


Exercise is a crucial aspect of young people’s lives. It promotes physical fitness and can lift mood and help in managing emotions.  It is also a great way to socialise and connect with others.

However, occasionally, a young person may start to exercise in an obsessional way with the aim of weight loss.  If you notice your young person going off to the gym for long periods of time or for long runs, swims or cycle rides on his/her own you may want to gently encourage him/her to focus on enjoyable/social exercise instead.  If the behaviour continues it can become a habit which is difficult to break. Obsessional exercise can also lead to injuries. Try joining your young person for enjoyable exercise. 

Last updated: 2 April, 2019