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Table 2 Reasons for suspicion and confrontation, separately for eating disorders and excessive exercise

From: Responses of fitness center employees to cases of suspected eating disorders or excessive exercise

Eating disordersExcessive exercise
n = 82n (%) n (%)
Reasons for suspiscionBody shape63 (76.83)Reasons for suspiscionBody shape28 (33.15)
Mood25 (30.49)Mood26 (31.71)
Clothing8 (9.76)Clothing6 (7.32)
Duration of training21 (25.6)Duration of training54 (65.85)
Frequency of training32 (39.02)Frequency of training65 (79.27)
Type of training11 (13.41)Type of training22 (26.83)
Physical signs55 (67.07)Physical signs20 (24.39)
Behavior30 (36.59)Behavior30 (36.59)
n = 59n (%) M n (%) M
Types of confrontationAsked how they were feeling38 (64.40) M = 5.5Types of confrontationAsked how they were feeling38 (64.40) M = 5.24
Suggested they stop the session24 (40.67) M = 1.8Suggested they stop the session26 (44.06) M = 1.65
I showed concern for their health43 (72.88) M = 4.32I showed concern for their health38 (64.40) M = 4.76
I gave them health information42 (71.18) M = 4.24I gave them health information39 (66.10) M = 5.10
I suggested they take a few days off training25 (42.47) M = 3.04I suggested they take a few days off training36 (61.01) M = 4.77
I suggested they leave the gym for the day23 (38.98) M = 0.86I suggested they leave the gym for the day24 (40.67) M = 1.58
I forbid them to visit the gym for a few days29 (49.15) M = 0.93I forbid them to visit the gym for a few days23 (38.98) M = 1
n = 13n (%) n (%)
Reasons for avoiding confrontationI told my boss5 (38.46)Reasons for avoiding confrontationI told my boss2 (15.38)
It’s not my responsibility2 (15.38)It’s not my responsibility2 (15.38)
I didn’t know what to say5 (38.46)I didn’t know what to say5 (38.46)
I was worried I would make things worse3 (23.08)I was worried I would make things worse1 (7.69)
Our guidelines forbid itOur guidelines forbid it
My boss/colleagues told me not toMy boss/colleagues told me not to