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Shining A Light On Bigorexia

BBC Newsbeat recently came out with an interesting short documentary on a little-known disorder from which many weightlifters apparently experience and suffer. This disorder is commonly referred to as bigorexia, though the official title is muscle dysmorphia.

Muscle dysmorphia is a condition in which individuals suffer from a negative body image and an obsession of wanting to get bigger. This obsession extends far beyond the desires of the average gym-goer who wants to build more muscle and mass. Due to the nature of the condition, many experts often describe it as a “reverse anorexia.” In the words of Rob Willson, from the Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation, muscle dysmorphia is “a preoccupation with the idea that one isn’t big enough -isn’t muscular enough, and that’s causing them great levels of anxiety, profound depression, and the depression becomes so severe that that could lead them to take their own lives.”

Though to the general public, the physiques of those who suffer from muscle dysmorphia are often described with adjectives like above-average, aesthetically-pleasing, and shredded, to the sufferers themselves, their progress just isn’t good enough.

Take an in-depth look at several individuals who suffer from muscle dysmorphia and hear their story.

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