The ideal body for men has been gradually changing. Surveys of media images and body building shows the increase of muscle size and definition that are seen as ideal. This has resulted in many men especially being worried about and their bodies. In order to obtain the perfect body, many men engage in excessive weight training. Lifting weight leads to many health benefits and may bring men closer to the perfect body.
Unfortunately, some men who lift weights also suffer from severe body dissatisfaction. These men see themselves as smaller and weaker than they actually are, are preoccupied with their muscles, and become consumed with weight training. These men may suffer from a body image disorder called muscle dysmorphia. Research has shown that 10% of body builders have this condition
Muscle Dysmorphia behaviours
People who have muscle dysmorphia display a number of similar behaviors. Here is a list of typical behaviors of someone who is experiencing muscle dysmorphia.
I have been working as a therapist for 28 years. I specialize in treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Health Anxiety