Denton County Living Well Magazine March/April 2016 - Page 49

body dysmorphic disorder, which is a chronic mental illness, they become obsessed with their appearance and body image and develop self-consciousness. They think there is something wrong with their body, feel ugly, and have a need for reassurance from others to feel good. In many cases, a person can get numerous cosmetic procedures but other times turns to intense exercise to try to fix interior flaws. There are combinations of causes such as: abnormalities in the brain, family history, culture, past experiences, and a previous psychiatric disorder (Mayo Clinic, 2013). Bigorexia––Adonis Complex A type of body dysmorphic disorder known as bigorexia, reverse anorexia or Adonis complex is becoming very popular among men gym goers. It is widely known that for many men muscularity equals masculinity. A man with bigorexia is not the typical person that seeks to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This \