Bigorexia/Muscle Dysmorphia

Individuals suffering from bigorexia also known as muscle dysmorphia, constantly worry about being too small and frail looking and are obsessed with gaining muscle mass.  Though this disorder is more common in men, it also occurs in women.  Steroid use is not uncommon, as these individuals will take dramatic measures to achieve their goals.  However, similar to anorexia, where an individual never feels thin enough, individuals with muscle dysmorphia often do not feel big enough, despite intense body building regimes and strict, rigid diets.  Daily life is consumed with obsessions about exercise, food, and feelings of inadequacy.  Similar to other eating disorders, social, psychological, and occupational functioning are often significantly impaired and health complications abound.