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As a teen, are there any good addictions?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Absolutely. You can be addicted to reading, so that your dopamine system and pleasure centers get just as activated by a good book as by any other addictive substance. You can also be addicted to foods that in moderation might be really good for you but in excess could get your body into trouble. The same goes for physical activity; you can get a natural high from the endorphins that get released when you exercise regularly enough and hard enough. But there is such a thing as too much of a good thing with exercise; orthorexia refers to exercise addiction and an obsession with healthy food, or compulsive exercise to the point of ill health, without sufficient energy intake (food, liquids) to support
the energy expenditure. Exercise addiction can be deadly, if the person’s body is burning its own tissues for fuel--especially when it gets severe enough to cost heart muscle. Less serious, but still problematic, are overuse injuries--strains, tears, inflammation--to joints, muscle tendons, ligaments, and other connective tissues as a result of obsessively pushing the body too far.
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