Muscle dysmorphia — aka “bigorexia” — is the preoccupation with the idea that one isn’t big enough, muscular enough, ever.
If you’ve ever spent a moderate amount of time in a gym, you may have seen people affected by the disorder.
No matter how much muscle these guys pack on, they’ll always feel small, not masculine enough.
The cycle leads to more time spent obsessing over body image, increased disappointment at not living up to an ever-distant expectation, depression, anxiety, and in some documented cases, suicide.
And then there’s the steroids.
One bodybuilding gym owner in the below video on bigorexia from the BBC estimates that 70% of his customers are currently using steroids.
While the segment doesn’t discuss sexuality as a factor, we’ve certainly seen something like bigorexia crop up among the gay male population.