Skip Nav
Gifts For Women
30+ Stocking Stuffers Perfect For Your Fitness-Loving Friend
WW Pizza Dough Recipe
Healthy Recipes
This WW-Friendly Pizza Dough Only Has 2 Ingredients — Yes, Just 2!
Is It OK to Take Allergy Pills to Fall Asleep?
Insomnia
Ever Taken an Allergy Pill to Fall Asleep? You Should Read This Important Warning
Keto at Ruby Tuesday
Weight Loss
We've Got Your Friday Night Plans, and They Involve These Low-Carb Dishes at Ruby Tuesday
Healthy Eating Tips
I'm Lazy and a Horrible Cook, but I Still Manage to Meal Prep — Here's How I Do It

Bigorexia Body Dysmorphic Disorder

This Guy With Bigorexia Disorder Proves Body Struggles Are a Universal Feeling

When it comes to body image, we typically imagine the whole curvy versus skinny debate for women, but an emerging trend has driven the conversation in a whole new direction — towards bigorexia in men. As first reported by the BBC, this disorder is an obsession with getting bigger and more muscular; essentially, the opposite of anorexia. Pradeep Bala, 25, who lives in the UK, reveals he's been suffering from this little-known disorder since he was 17. Similarly to how women constantly look in the mirror and zero in on what they don't like about their bodies, Pradeep says he looks in the mirror and picks himself apart for looking too small, despite his bulging muscles.

Part of the reason for this warped views on one's body is due to social media, where images of the ideal body can negatively affect men and women's perceptions of themselves.

"There are all these media pressures now, and one of our theories is that it might actually be that women have adjusted a little bit and have become better prepared to deal with these sort of images and these pressures," said Rob Wilson, chair of the Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation. "And men are probably going to have to catch up a bit in terms of coping with the pressure to look a certain way.

While all women can definitely relate to body struggles, there have also been plenty of celebrations for a woman's body, and every month a new hashtag emerges to help remind us that perfection doesn't exist. We'd like to think more men will soon join in on celebrating their bodies as well, big or small.

From Our Partners
Being Kind to Yourself While Losing Weight
Why I Don't Want to Lose Weight in the New Year
Jameela Jamil's Quotes in Nylon December 2018 Issue
Personal Essay on Loose Skin From Weight Loss
People You Meet at the Gym in January
Best Gyms For Boxing
Which Gym Should I Join?
Reebok's The Woman Within Campaign 2018
Lili Reinhart Speech Glamour Women of the Year Summit 2018
Fitness Entrepreneurs on Instagram
Body-Positivity Tips
Katrina Scott Talking About Postbaby Body and Baby Weight
From Our Partners
Latest Fitness
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds