Bigorexia is defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) as a body dysmorphic disorder that triggers a preoccupation with the idea that your body is too small or not muscular enough. When you have bigorexia, you are fixated on the thought that there is something wrong with the way that your body looks.
What are the symptoms of bigorexia?
Spotting the signs of bigorexiaOverexerting themselves at the gym.Working out compulsively.Use of steroids.Excessively looking at their body in the mirror.Abuse of supplements and constantly drinking protein shakes.Irritability and angry outbursts.Depression and mania.Panicking if a gym session is missed.More items
What do sufferers of bigorexia believe?
In muscle dysmorphia, which is sometimes called bigorexia, megarexia, or reverse anorexia, the delusional or exaggerated belief is that ones own body is too small, too skinny, insufficiently muscular, or insufficiently lean, although in most cases, the individuals build is normal or even exceptionally large and
Who gets dysmorphia?
Muscle dysmorphia tends to affect men in their mid-20s to mid-30s, though average age of onset is 19 years old. Research suggests its most common in weightlifting and bodybuilding communities. However, research also shows almost 6% of US students have it.