The Price of Fitness

Angie Szumlinski News

I was totally intrigued by the couple who ran the Boston Marathon along with their 6-year-old son. This being a “no judge zone” blog space, I am not giving an opinion one way or the other, just saying it intrigued me. At the end of the day, we all have our ideas of how to have the healthiest or most perfect body. After all, how we look to other people is important to most of us right?

So, an interesting article was written on “muscle Dysmorphia”, a condition where men and boys are preoccupied with the belief that their body isn’t large or muscular enough. Muscle dysmorphia is classified as a form of Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). I personally have never heard of this condition, however, I do know that being overly concerned about body image can lead to eating disorders and working out excessively. Men with this disorder also tend to ingest an array of supplements, not FDA regulated which is a little scary too!

At the end of the day we don’t judge, however, we can be alert to signs of BDD because there are successful treatments available. Pay attention, watch for changes in eating habits, excessive workout sessions, “vitamin” popping, and of course depression. We can treat this condition but only if we recognize it. Stay the course, stay well and stay informed!