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Recognizing the Signs of Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Muscle Dysmorphia

Graves, B Sue Ed.D., FACSM; Welsh, Raymond L. Ph.D.

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Abstract

Learning Objective: To gain a better understanding of body dysmorphic disorder and muscle dysmorphia as both relate to exercise behaviors.

Are some individuals exercising obsessively to achieve an “ideal” body? Do such individuals possess false images of their bodies? Can obsessive exercise behaviors be a symptom of an underlying mental disorder? Are health/fitness professionals encouraging excessive exercise behaviors? Unfortunately, the answer to all these questions may be yes.

© 2004 American College of Sports Medicine

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