Understanding 'Bigorexia' and the Harsh Reality of What It Can Do to Your Health

We've all been made aware of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Eating well and exercising often are important components in this balance. But how much is too much? Just like binge eating and being sedentary are bad for you, there is an opposite side that proves that extremes work against longevity. bigorexia Enter 'bigorexia.' Known to most as muscle dysmorphia, it is like the opposite of anorexia, where, instead of looking in the mirror and seeing the muscles they've so diligently worked for, all they see is a puny person who needs to spend countless more hours pumping iron. This epidemic is on the rise and something to watch out for. BBC Newsbeat even investigated bigorexia and found that a tenth of men in British gyms suffer from it. One of the biggest detriments this condition can bring is death. Oli Loyne was only 20 years old when he died of a heart attack after regular steroid use and excessive weight training. He had already recovered from two heart attacks and a stroke just a year prior to his death. Sarah, Loyne's mother noted that it might have been his insecurity over his height that brought about the muscle dysmorphia. "It was a lot to do with the fact he was so short," she said. "He was about 5'2''. He didn't have the height and he wanted to make up for that by being as wide as he could. There was just no getting through to him. No getting through about what he was doing to his body. He was like 'I need to look like the image in my head. I need to look big.''' bigorexia "We know about 10 percent of men in the gym may have muscle dysmorphia," said Rob Willson, chair of the Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation. "Muscle dysmorphia is a preoccupation with the idea that one isn't big enough, isn't muscular enough," he explained to BBC journalists. "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. Sometimes individuals can become very depressed and hopeless and that can even lead to suicide," he said. Have you witnessed anyone with this condition before? Source: Daily Mail Featured Image: maxthebodyhelmutstrebl Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_110461" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]  

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