What is Bigorexia?
Bigorexia is a disorder in which a person constantly obsesses and/or worries about being too small, underdeveloped, and/or underweight. Typically those that have Bigorexia are not frail or underdeveloped at all. They actually have large muscle mass and will obsess about having the perfect physique. They will believe their muscles are inadequate. Bigorexia has also been known as muscle dysmorphia, Reverse Anorexia, or Adonis Complex.
This disorder is a form of Body Dysmorphic Disorder and is related to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Those with Bigorexia constantly obsess over their imperfections, further distorting their perception of themselves. This will significantly impair the person's mood often causing depression or feelings of disgust.
Those dealing with Bigorexia will feel inadequacies affecting many areas of their lives, ranging from personal relationships to physical and emotional health.
Who develops Bigorexia?
Both men and women can be affected by this disorder, although men are most susceptible. It is estimated that approximately 10% of the men who are obsessive gym-goers have this disorder. Many of these people may compete in body building competitions and are addicted to lifting weights. One reason Bigorexia may be a common disorder is due to the common stereotype that men are supposed to be big and strong.
Signs and Symptoms (May Include)
• Distorted self image
• Missing social events, skipping work and cancelling plans with family/friends to workout
• Never being satisfied with the muscular mass of one’s body
• Maintaining a strict, high-protein and low-fat diet
• Using excessive amounts of food supplements
• Frequently looking at one’s self in the mirror
• Steroid abuse, unnecessary plastic surgery, and even suicide
• Avoiding situations where one’s body might be exposed
• Working out even despite an injury
• Maintaining extreme workout methods