Obligatory Exercise Questionnaire (OEQ)

1.      I engage in physical exercise on a daily basis.
2.      I engage in one/more of the following forms of exercise: walking‚ jogging/running or weightlifting.
3.      I exercise more than three days per week.
4.      When I don’t exercise I feel guilty.
5.      I sometimes feel like I don’t want to exercise‚ but I go ahead and pushmyself anyway.
6.      My best friend likes to exercise.
 7.      When I miss an exercise session‚ I feel concerned about my body possibly getting out of shape
8.      If I have planned to exercise at a particular time and something unexpected comes up (like an old friend comes to visit or I have some work to do thatneeds immediate attention) I will usually skip my exercise for that day.
9.      If I miss a planned workout‚ I attempt to make up for it the next day.
10. I may miss a day of exercise for no good reason.
11. Sometimes‚ I feel a need to exercise twice in one day‚ even though I may feel a little tired.
12. If I feel I have overeaten‚ I will try to make up for it by increasing the amount I exercise.
13. When I miss a scheduled exercise session I may feel tense‚ irritable or depressed.
14. Sometimes‚ I find that my mind wanders to thoughts about exercising.
15. I have had daydreams about exercising.
16. I keep a record of my exercise performance‚ such as how long I work out‚ how far or fast I run.
17. I have experienced a feeling of euphoria or a high during or after an exercise session.
18. I frequently push myself to the limits.
19. I have exercised when advised against such activity (i.e. by a doctor‚ friend‚ etc.)
20. I will engage in other forms of exercise if I am unable to engage inmy usual form of exercise. 
This instrument can be found online at: http://shell.cas.usf.edu/birw/m_n/scale/OEQ.htm
 
1= NEVER‚ 2= SOMETIMES‚ 3= USUALLY‚ 4=ALWAYS
 
For more information contact:
J. Kevin Thompson‚ Ph.D
Department of Psychology
University of South Florida
4202 Fowler Ave
Tampa‚ FL 33620-8200

Pasman‚ L. J. & Thompson‚ J. K. (1988). Body image and eating disturbance in obligatory runners‚ obligatory weightlifters‚ and sedentary individuals. International Journal of Eating Disorders‚ 7 (6)‚ 759-769.

Also‚ see Ackard et al.‚ (2002). Eating Disorders: 10‚ 31-47‚ for a recent psychometric evaluation of this paper‚ or contact John J. Steffen at: [email protected]

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