Texas man becomes compulsive about exercise
The coronavirus pandemic is driving many of us to extremes. Extreme stress, extreme eating ... or in some case extreme exercise. KPRC's Haley Hernandez has the story of one Texas man who became compulsive about his workouts.
empty grocery store shelves, quarantine 15 jokes, being encouraged to go out and exercise. He's a part of our daily lives right now. And yet these innocent comments can trigger people with eating disorders to restrict themselves beyond what's healthy. In Rich Beckwith's case, it wasn't just restricting food but prioritizing workouts to a point. It made him sick. I actually got diagnosed with the eating disorder. I had stage to kidney failure, stage to liver failure, and my heart was shrinking and tilting more to the side. If I kept going how I went, I probably would have had a massive heart attack within a month, and I wouldn't be alive. This was rich before he was trying to deal with anxiety through exercise, running compulsively running, running, mawr, lifting weights. You know, it just took off from there and took off to a point. He was unrecognizable. But since exercise is a healthy hobby, he justified it and pushed harder four miles a day. Then it turned to eight miles, and it turned to almost 15.5 twice a week, and I was only eating at that time. 2000 calories because I was so scared to gain weight again. Now, he says, he's constantly working on balance. He sees a nutritionist and works with an eating recovery program, but admits the pandemic, where everyone is focused on staying healthy. It is hard for him, and he's learned he's not alone as a male. It took me eight years to get to get treatment. It took my wife, my family, everybody to say, Hey, you need help because you're not doing what is healthy. Seek, help, see treatment because you can get better and you don't want to suffer.