Muscle Dysmorphia | Aster Springs

Muscle Dysmorphia

Muscle dysmorphia, sometimes referred to as reverse anorexia or bigorexia, is not currently recognized as an eating disorders. It’s often considered to be a type of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) that’s sub categorized as a body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), which is when an individual is excessively concerned about a perceived defect of their physical appearance.

With muscle dysmorphia, people become preoccupied with developing muscle to achieve what they perceive as the perfect shape. It’s sometimes difficult to determine if someone is suffering from muscle dysmorphia, as it might be considered a dedication to healthy exercise and weightlifting.

Signs and Symptoms of Muscle Dysmorphia

Symptoms of muscle dysmorphia include:
Individuals with muscle dysmorphia will rarely stop their routine to heal from pain or injuries. If they notice anything unusual in their physical appearance, their response is excessive. Even when they’re muscular and lean, it’s never enough. People with muscle dysmorphia have extremely strict diets, rarely eating at restaurants or other people’s homes to maintain control. Body fat percentage is a big concern, and they may even use anabolic steroids to increase muscle gain.

Health Consequences of Muscle Dysmorphia

Individuals suffering from muscle dysmorphia rarely seek treatment or feel they need help, which can be one of most challenging obstacles to recovery. Not seeking treatment can lead to severe consequences such as the loss of relationships, damage to muscles and joints, kidney and liver damage, and heart problems.

If you’d like to learn more about our muscle dysmorphia treatment program, the compassionate team at Aster Springs is here to help. Call us at (804) 415-7603 or complete our contact form.