We all want to keep fit, be in shape and have a body we’re proud of. For many of us, this means going to the gym and bulking up a bit, but when does this want to look lean and muscley become an obsession? Recent reports and statistics have suggested that Body dysmorphic disorder, ‘Bigorexia’ is on the rise….

Lots of us are now regular gym goers (particularly us students, as looking good is essential in order to impress the one we fancy), but is it possible for visiting the gym to actually become rather unhealthy?

Recently it’s come to light that ‘Bigorexia’ (also known as Muscle Dysmorphia) is on the rise and is now estimated to now effect as many as 1 in 10 males in the UK who go to the gym. The condition causes an individual to persistently worry about not looking big (bulky) enough. Instead, they see themselves as looking small and underdeveloped, when actually, suffers tend to have a distorted view of themselves and usually have very large muscles.

Here’s an insight from BBC News into how someone with the condition feels about their appearance.

If you, or anyone you know suffers from the condition, there are are many organisations out there to help you, so don’t hesitate to speak to someone.

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