Bigorexia – When Sport Is No Longer Healthy


Eating disorders are characterized by the fact that patients see their figure in a way that does not reflect reality. Bigorexia is one of them. It affects both men and women, and the most susceptible are teenagers.

bigorexia1What is Bigorexia?

People with this disorder see themselves as weak and without muscles. Compulsively seeking products that can help them to have more muscles and train more intensively to develop them. Usually these are people who are obsessed with gain body mass and bodybuilders.

Symptoms of Bigorexia

– Training for more than 3 hours a day
– Eat without limitation to gain weight
– They see their bodies as weak but in reality they are strong
– They do not stop training. If they cannot do their workout, they feel bad, guilty or angry
– During the time they begin to be socially isolated
– Consume anabolic steroids
– They feel guilty about the way they look
– They do not take criticism well
– They are hard in expressing emotions

What is the cause of Bigorexia?

Although the reasons may be emotional, there are others. It is connected to the nervous system, biochemical exchange affecting serotonin levels.

As with Bulimia or Anorexia, Bigorexia includes socio-cultural element. According to the understanding of the physical beauty, they feel the urge to have a certain weight and muscles to feel attractive and socially accepted.

Psychological aspect

It can affect people who cannot cope with any emotional problem, sadness, loneliness and so on. Usually their profile makes them look insensitive, and usually they like to control and have difficulties with anger management.

Heart, liver and bones are affected by overdoing food which often leads to overweight. Muscles lose their flexibility; and dizziness, convulsions, infertility, erectile dysfunction, prostate problems, stomach and headache can occur.

Therapy for Bigorexia

People with this disorder have to deal with low self-esteem and inability to express emotions. So they need a therapist, a psychologist who has experience with eating disorders.