Dr. Pauline Powers is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral medicine at the Health Sciences Center, University of South Florida. She has been treating patients with obesity and eating disorders for over 30 years and currently runs the Eating Disorder Program at Fairwinds Residential Treatment Center. She has been involved in integrating moderate exercise programs into the treatment of patients for years, including people with severe obesity, anorexia nervosa, and bulimia nervosa. She was the founding president of the Academy for Eating Disorders and is the immediate past president of the National Eating Disorders Association. Recently she was a member of the American Psychiatric Association Work Group on Eating Disorders that prepared the Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Eating Disorders, 2006. She has also co-authored Athletes and Eating Disorders with Ron Thompson, which is to appear in the Clinical Manual of Eating Disorders.
Pauline can be reached at: [email protected]

Dr. Ron Thompson is a psychologist in private practice, specializing in the treatment of eating disorders. He has been a consulting psychologist for the Athletic Department at Indiana University-Bloomington for the past 20 years. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Thompson lectures, writes, and conducts research on the topic of eating disorders, as well as providing education and training regarding eating disorders to athletes, coaches, and other sport personnel and healthcare professionals at NCAA member institutions. Most recently, he has coauthored the Disordered Eating section of the International Olympic Committee Medical Commission Position Stand on the Female Athlete Triad and the NCAA Coaches Handbook: Managing the Female Athlete Triad. Included in his publications are the books Helping Athletes with Eating Disorders and Bulimia: A Guide for Family and Friends.
Ron can be reached at: [email protected]

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Exercise Balance

What's Too Much, What's Too Little, and What's Just Right for You!

Authors: Pauline S. Powers, M.D., Ron Thompson, PhD


Healthy exercise means finding a balance between overtraining and inactivity. By using a combination of real-life examples and clinical studies, this book shows readers how to develop their own personal prescription for what is best for their unique body and situation. Written by widely recognized experts in the field of eating disorders and athletics, it talks about both ends of the exercise continuum in an effort to encourage balance.

The authors explain the psychological and health issues that can result from too much exercise, including bone loss, fractures, amenorrhea, and unhealthy eating. It also covers the problems arising from too little exercise, and provides ways that people can safely begin a fitness program. Specific recommendations are made for aerobic, flexibility, strength, and balance training. Readers of all sizes, ages, and health levels - including the chronically ill - will find everything they need (except the shorts and shoes) for finding exercise balance.


Acknowledgments vii
1 – Exercise Balance  
2 – Exercise Explained
3 – Characteristics and Hazards of Overexercise
4 – Special Considerations for Competitive Athletes
5 – Moderating Excessive Exercise
6 – Characteristics and Hazards of Insufficient Exercise
7 – Exercise Balance for Everyone
8 – Exercise for Different Age Groups
9 – Exercise for People with Chronic Illness


“An enlightening overview, complete with clear illustrations and tables that provide excellent guidance for anyone, at any age, in any state of well-being or ill-health, who want to construct or re-examine appropriate and healthy personal exercise programs for themselves or others.”
Joel Yager, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, University of New Mexico

 “A great tool for professionals to use with their clients; regardless of whether the clients excessively exercise or do not exercise enough. The novel way in which the authors introduce the health risks of too much exercise is needed in the midst of the current frenzy about overweight. This book has the potential to help the professional and client balance their approach to achieving a healthy lifestyle through exercise”
Wayne C. Miller, Ph.D., Professor of Exercise Science, George Washington University, Washington DC

“This is a well written, practical book that I heartily recommend for people of all ages and abilities as a guide to effective exercise.”
Carol L. Otis M.D. www.sportsdoctor.com, author, The Athletic Woman's Survival Guide

“A treasure trove of wisdom and practical advice!  It will appeal to a wide audience—young to old, underweight to obese, sedentary to marathoner.  It is entertaining reading based on the latest medical and psychological science."
Diane Mickley MD FACP FAED Director, Wilkins Center, Greenwich, CT

“The exercise recommendations are based on sound principles and are consistent with current guidelines from the leading health and fitness organizations. The authors address the continuum of ‘too much’ to ‘too little’ exercise and the health problems of both extremes. This book has an important message—health and fitness benefits can be obtained by people of all sizes”
Glenn A. Gaesser, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Kinesiology Program, University of Virginia