muscle dysmorphia


: pathological preoccupation with the perceived smallness or weakness of one's body and musculature often leading to excessive exercise (such as bodybuilding), steroid abuse, or eating disorders
A typical sufferer of muscle dysmorphia is a man who weighs himself several times a day, compulsively examines himself in the mirror, and fails at relationships because he is unwilling to devote time or energy to others …Eileen Smith, USA Today
… researchers from Boston's McLean Hospital compared 30 normal weightlifters to 24 men with muscle dysmorphia—a disorder defined by a pathological preoccupation with increasing muscularity.Kelly McCarthy, Psychology Today

called also bigorexia, reverse anorexia

see body dysmorphic disorder

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“Muscle dysmorphia.” Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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