Activity Anorexia

An Animal Model and Theory of Human Self-Starvation
  • W. David Pierce
  • W. Frank Epling
Part of the Neuromethods book series (NM, volume 18)


Activity anorexia is a biobehavioral process that occurs in animals. Laboratory rats are fed once per day, they lose weight, but quickly adjust to the feeding regime. Other animals receive a similar meal schedule and are allowed to run voluntarily on an activity wheel—these animals die of starvation. Wheel running becomes excessive when food is restricted, and animals may run more than 10 Km/d. Interestingly, excessive physical activity interferes with food consumption even though the experimental procedures ensure that eating and running cannot occur at the same time (Epling et al., 1983). This chapter describes the animal model and the biobehavioral theory of activity anorexia and extends the theory to human self-starvation


Physical Activity Luteinizing Hormone Menstrual Cycle Anorexia Nervosa Food Restriction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. David Pierce
    • 1
  • W. Frank Epling
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

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