Flexing muscles to bulk up is not new at this generation. Even the young adults who still wearing school uniforms desire to flaunt their abs or be the next campus hunks. Though seeing curves and muscles is mesmerizing, what is over is over in exercise and achieving well-toned built. According to a recent study, there’s new disorder that centers on men who religiously exercising to look good, the Bigorexia.
“Muscle dysmorphia is a preoccupation with the idea that one isn’t big enough, isn’t muscular enough,” Rob Wilson, chair of the Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) Foundation shared with BBC Newsbeat.
“There are thousands upon thousands with it, who are going to be excessively concerned about their appearance, having very poor self-esteem, and also feeling very anxious and very worried,” Wilson added. “Sometimes individuals can become very depressed and hopeless and that can even lead to suicide.”
Wilson also shared also that bodybuilders with BBD ended up getting worse because of lack of awareness of this disorder, which described as reverse anorexia as well. In the report of Independent, overly working out to the point it becomes one’s ultimate priority, constantly looking at mirror, excessively taking supplements, and anabolic steroids abuse are few of the symptoms of bigorexia.
Meantime though UK has sought-after hunks such as Man of Steel actor Henry Cavill, Twilight Star Robert Pattinson, and the Amazing Spider-Man’s Andre Garfield, BBC shared that one in ten British men has BDD. On NHS’ site, they imparted that BDD is possibly due to genetic disorder or trauma brought by abuse and bullying in the past.
“If you have relatively mild BDD, you will usually be referred for a talking treatment called cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). More severe cases may be treated with a type of medication called a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) and/or more intensive CBT,” NHS shared about the treatments about BBD.